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
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  1. R Low

    Our President never disappoints me. He is a man of honor, integrity, intelligence, courage, fairness and compassion. I can't wait to vote for him again in November. All the best to you, Mr. President, always.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dave

    Like this is any surprise. I guess people still dont believe he wants to take away your gun rights either? Hope he doesnt survive 2012.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. toi35

    Mr. President this was a rookie move.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crymore

      3 words...equal protection clause.
      Go educate yourself.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    I think the gays could make it happen easier if they just called it something other than marriage – call it a Consortium or something – and it would come with the same extention of benefits, tax filing status, etc etc – that would seperate from the religious issues of calling it marriage – why couldnt they do that to keep it a civil issue and not muck with the religious aspect of it?

    May 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dryden

      Because that's the whole point. Calling it something else does not make it equal, and continues to deny Americans rights others are allowed.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beverado

      They were calling for a civil ceremony and the haters were STILL not satisfied with that! They would burn gay people ar the bloody stake if they could get away with it...hypocritical bunch that they are!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelly

      That is right on but they wouldn't be satisfied with that b/c it wouldn't make the news as much.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilly

      That has to be about the dumbest comment I've ever seen on a forum, and I've seen a lot of them. You can't own a common word.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nemo

    Normally, I'm not a single-issues kind of guy...but since I'm a gay guy and really all the other alternatives just scream degenerate values, Obama has my vote.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      How do you feel about legalizing incest?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim

    President Obama just flushed his second term down the drain. Very sad...he took the bait.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJB

      how so Oh Wise Jim? You really think this ended his campaign? Oh no! You mean the rednecks and zealots still won't vote for him?

      May 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Beverado

    Everyone could find out that he is Jesus Christ himself tomorrow, and the haters would still hate. Just off yourselves. Thank you.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • piers morgan

      i thought he was?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • everettreb

      If he supports gay marriages then he can not be Jesus.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike wilson

    This is what leadership looks like

    May 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • wrm

      Mike, leadership looks like four+ years of sitting on issue and then stating an opinion right before election?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Christine

    obama would sell his soul for votes! And that's all he's doing is lying to gain votes!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. willy wonka

    He just lost my vote.

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

      He didn't have it in the first place.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. youknownada

    I don't care if you support Obama or not, this is not a smart strategy for his campaign. He is taking a position that is still not very well accepted in this country.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rudix

    The best why for society is to make a law that only man can marry man and woman only woman...so we can make sure that we dont exist anymore...maybe the next step is to marry your pet....

    May 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lilly

    It's about time!!! I'm glad he finally came out and spoke his conscience instead of trying to pander to the backwards right wingers. He's not going to get their vote any ways so why pander to those numbskulls?

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

      I agree! I was still on the fence, now Mitt would have to do something spectacular to look his way.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chris

    Psalms 12:8

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

      ignorant-you.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kelly

    I agree with a partnership type of legal agreement but not a marriage for gays.

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