Obama: Same-sex couples should have right to marry
President Obama told ABC on Wednesday that gays should have the right to get married.
May 9th, 2012
03:03 PM ET

Obama: Same-sex couples should have right to marry

President Barack Obama said in an interview with ABC that "it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

With his Wednesday announcement, the president reversed his longstanding position on the issue. It came on the heels of his own vice president and education secretary saying they were in favor of gay marriage.

According to an ABC blog post, Obama further described his thought process as an "evolution" that progressed as he discussed the issue with staff members, gay and lesbian service members and his own family.

He said he thinks Americans are growing increasingly comfortable with the concept of gay marriage and cited his own daughters' views on the matter.

“It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” he said. “You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents.

"And Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them, and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”

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soundoff (1,355 Responses)
  1. GEB

    good

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Brian

    Well, my vote will go to someone will values. Obama, sadly, has lost those.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • larry

      a long time ago

      May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jen

      and you, sadly, can't write.
      bigots unite! let's overturn interracial marriage, too!

      May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ko

    Not sure why the prez doesn't seek fed. legislation for civil unions if he so strongly believes this is important. sounds like he is pandering to his base

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. cwC

    Seriously, what a flip flop. Clothing it in some kind of 'evolutionary' perspective is BS. Please recount for me the influences on this decision other than peer pressure.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      "And Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them, and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”

      May 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TomFoolery

    Axelrod told him that saying this was the correct political move now.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • youknownada

      But it's a stupid move. Most of America doesn't support it.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tgregory

    Ron Paul has been saying this for decades. Welcome to the bandwagon, Obama supporters.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Alelei

    This election is NOT about gay marriage. Do Not let Obama deviate us from the real problems. This election is about the ECONOMY. We are NOT STUPID!!! Wake up people!! He "evolved" close to the election, to get votes.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. freddo

    He finds a new way to divide the county every couple of weeks.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • L.D.

      exactly.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jassi

      Agreed. Leaving it up to the states to decide only will divide us further...

      May 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MLUCIFERKING

    my thoughts on liberal "anything goes", "politically correct", "affirmative action" mentality has been evolving

    the extreme left-wing liberal movement must be crushed

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Bryan

    His bean-counters must've read some polling data that showed it was more divisive to announce this now...

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Joe

    Nice job, CNN. The video cuts off before he says what he supports.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. NickNotes

    This is great news! Now maybe I can live with my goat and nobody should care, what is the diference?

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. L.D.

    I'm not surprised. Obama is the most liberal president in American history.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Astonished Southerner

      Ever heard of Franklin D. Roosevelt? Jimmy Carter?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alison Jane

    WOOOOOO!!! Now THAT is the President I voted for and WILL vote for again!!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. areacode612

    @Trex; being black can not be a learned behavior.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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