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.”

Read CNN's full coverage of President Barack Obama's stance on gay marriage
soundoff (1,355 Responses)
  1. Rai

    The statement was kind of... lame, but it is yet a historical moment: A president of the USA has finally and publically crawled over to the side of reason and fairness on the issue. People should pay attention to his point: He thought Civil Unions are good enough, but he changed his mind because he realized that his was wrong about that. This is a good person – he is able to say he was wrong, he is able to see and oppose inequality. Whether he gets re-elected or not, we just witnessed an important moment in the history of the USA.

    By the way, a lot of us Europeans over here still marvel at how people like Romney, Perry and Palin could even make it this far. There's an increasing murmur that the USA electorate is not the most capable in the world.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. dlw

    Yeah! Finally a politician brave enough to make a stand on this issue! good for him.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
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  4. SuzyQ

    What does it mean they can get married? Share candy, popcorn at the movies? sell insurance to each other? benefit each other at the banks that are troubled with mortgages?

    May 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
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