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. ShawnDH

    Good for President Obama!

    Forward! Obama 2012!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brad Kunhardt

    I am Christian, Episcopalian in fact, and I support the rights of all Americans to marry. Doesn't affect me one bit if a couple is straight, gay, or undecided. If it bothers you, it's a problem caused by your own closed-mindedness, not by the fact that two folks who love one another want to marry. Good for the President for speaking up on this.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    I love reading these comments. All the retarded short bus commenters. "No more Obama" "Perverted gay people" "Sad day for america". Wow. Just. Wow. Enjoy your straight marriages that work out so well. Or how about when you guys cheat on your wife to go suck on some dude, because, yeah... the more you guys hate on it, the more I know you are a closet case nut job. Bravo, human race, bravo.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alex Povolotski

    Obama - never again!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. God

    If I, God were so against gay...then why do I keep making them?

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • elaine

      god made man perfect, then god gave man choice everything after birth is mans decision....

      May 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • WES

      so pedophiles and murders are right with God? think

      May 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rennie

    How ironic...it was also Abraham Lincoln who emancipated the slaves, however the current Republicans would like to overrule that decision.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. boards4life

    Thank you Barack for standing up for what's right so that everyone can be treated equally. As mentioned in an earlier post, the same crappy arguments that people used against inter-racial marriage back in the 60's are the same crappy arguments that they use now against gay couples. You're a dying breed, and your children will look at you in shame for promoting discrimination. Love and freedom will always win!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    I now have to wear double Depends diapers because I have the squirts. Bad.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Loukiii

    Hey it's an election year. Of course he is going to support it, whatever it takes to get re-elected.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sarah

    Thank you Obama for planting your feed on the right side of history! A victory for civil rights for all!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    Im not even a Obama supporter, But I commend him on this. Its about time someone up high took a stand for what they knew is right, the Red States be damned!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. greta518

    YAY! I am so happy he came out for EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL! I am SO proud of this president.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom B.

    Let's see. Comments that gay people will make children gay...huh?

    Most of us gay people came from straight parents, they didn't make us straight.

    I'm not understanding that comment.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bethjoyce

    Yay!! So glad he finally said this.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. stunned

    i am a african american male. obama has just lost this election. i will not vote for romney, but i can not vote for obama now. sitting here with some of my co workers who are mostly black. they all agree with me.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Explain please?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • t3chsupport

      How does gay people getting married in any way affect your life? It doesn't. Get over it.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • stunned

      the numbers of african americans who were planning on voting for obama just decreased.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Portland

      That just shows a flaw in the black male mentality then. Go ahead and call me racist. You said it yourself.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
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