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. trex

    I don't care what anyone ridiculous antiquated religion says, I am not gay, not even sure any of my friends are gay, not that I know of, but I'm very well aware these nice innocent people deserve the same damn rights I have. Obama's got my vote. The world is changing, and it is actually for the better. How is denying them rights any different than denying african-americans rights? Well eventually this great country did the right thing, and it will again.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayak61

      trex: Well said! Well done Mr. president!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Axl Rose

    Obama has more flip flops than Miami Beach. He just sealed his defeat! I love it!

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

      LOL Right wingers make more stuff up every day.

      Romney is the FLIP FLOP KING

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

    I think i'm going to barf!This is just sick!

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

      I hope it lands all over your shoes.

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

      Nothing wrong with a poop shoot..

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

      just like interracial marriages, amirite?

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

      I know, right!! It sure took a long time to set things right.. No need to barf any more over the disgusting ways some people were treated unfairly by society.. Yay g.a.y marriage!

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

      He is such a flip flopper. Whatever I need to say to get re-elected I will.

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

      You're either of the last generation (old) or just a stupid rednekk – I'm guessing both.

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

      Why? What does who someone else loves and commits to have to do with you?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Yep, your comment sure is sick.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • walt

      Please don't comment here about your lunch while we adults are having a conversation.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Are you old enough to vote or are you a republican? I can't think of anybody else that would use the term barf to describe their adult feelings.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nini

      Why?? Please do elaborate David.. Somehow I have a nagging feeling that he "made you barf" even prior to this statement. right?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jaintn

    I wasn't sure if I was going to vote for him again but this cinches it. He's got my vote.

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

      This cinches your vote? Are you serious? There are so many bigger issues regarding foreign policy and the economy which he has failed at and THIS cinches your vote? This is Obama's strength. Saying the things you need to hear to get your vote, but the actions are what counts, and we have 3 1/2 years of actions that are very telling of what Obama is not capable of.

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

      This is pathetic, of course you flip flop the time of election.

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

      I agree!

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

      I know now who I will vote for in November. And it's not this president.

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

      You are obvioulsy brain washed rather easily.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • R22

      Dumb A.S.S

      May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaintn

      So you're one of those nitwits who blame EVERYTHING that's gone wrong in this country on the person in office for the last 3 years? That's one of the things that makes my skin crawl about you GOP's. You have very selective memories. When you add that to the bigotry and intolerance that is the very backbone of your party, it leaves very very little to admire about you. In fact, it leaves nothing.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • firebird9999

      He's got my vote too. It took guts to take that stand. Good for him! Absolutely fantastic!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Never mind the debt he's racked up or the massive budget shortfalls. Lets for for him because gay people can get married.

      Major facepalm.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • MB2012

      Mine too!!!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bill Davis

    From the mouth of a as hole baby.

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

      Says the guy who calls a grown man an a as hole baby. Nice retort, adult.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Smh..

    Christians: The bible says to love thy neighbour and love your brothers and sisters! Spreading hate and fear is NOT the true christian way! You should all be ashamed!!

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

      Correct in loving your neighbor as well as your enemy; however, love doesn't mean you have to accept something that goes against your principles. I'm sure there are some things which you feel are wrong as well.....or is there?

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

      Yeah you as a Christian you do not hate but you also do not sin by doing something the bible tell you not too.. Being gay is a sin , I do not hate gays at all but it is wrong..You can not pick and choose which parts of the bible you listen too. SO try again

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

      Amen to that!!!!! I for one, am a Christian and I for one, have a gay son, and I for one, would love to share in the love and joy of my son's wedding some day!! Love on another as I have loved you!!!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. whattheheck

    There is a reason why we are not Iran or Saudi Arabia. we are not conservative freaks. The ones we have need to go to these countries or any taliban held territory/ They will fit right in.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. robin

    Thank you, President Obama.

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

    Good to hear and agree with his stance. The timing of this is a little curious. I voted for him last election and he still won't win my vote again for this election. Obama is likable and a great speaker. He says things that people need to hear in a way that is soothing, however he is not a good president and is not performing his job in a manner that is best for this country. I was fooled once, but I won't be fooled again.

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

      Well said dgoods. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • firebird9999

      Well, better Obama than that jerk Romney who would sell his mother down the drain to make a buck.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ in Maryland

      It is a good thing that you are in the minority.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Astonished Southerner

    Don't agree with a good number of his economic policies, but agree completely on this and most social issues. Way to have the cajones to stand up for equality for all, in this case.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. larry

    couldn't we just give the gays and lesbians california and let biden and obama retire there and govern it?

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

      Riiiiiight, because gays and lesbians only live in California?? Okay, you're from one of those undesirable states in the southeast, right? Thought so.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You are one messed up SOB.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LeotheKing

    If you're judging gay marriage based on morals, then all kinds of sin should also be illegal. There is nothing like big sin or small sin, be it being Gay(as you consider it a sin) or lying. they are equal. People judging gays based on morals are HYPOCRITES!!!!!! Let all make all sins illegal and be punished severely, let's see who it will affect most, probably the so called religious people.

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

      You do not even come at this in the right mind.. If you lie you pray to be forgiven ... You do not go out and lie again..SO when your gay you can not pray and ask for sorrow when you are going to do it the next day...Gay is a sin that is coming from the bible not me...But you can not have sinful thoughts in your heart if you want to go to heaven..Being gay everyday is sinful thoughts..Gays like to say we are wrong for judging well stop asking us how we feel about it..End of the day God decides

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gal vanizado

    Very predictable move.
    Now he is going to says that he lost his second because of this.
    Anyways. He just lost my vote.

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

      That's fine Gal. We only want cool people in this party anyway. Bigots like you are not welcome. Spread your hate with the GOP's. That's about all your party stands for anyway. Hatred and intolerance.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Just the truth

    Now there is nothing stopping God for coming right now. The scriptures have been completed!

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

      ROFL
      i wouldn't recommend holding your breath while waiting for that

      May 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Me

    Obama claims to be a Christian. God does not condone the gay life style. I gues you are right when you say he will do anything to get elected.

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