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. Vader

    And the children shall lead them...

    May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. candlewick

    Yep. The kids know best. I know when it comes to serious decisions, I always consult my kids. Good thinking. On another note, will Obama get a pass from the press for flip-flopping on this issue like Romney did on abortion?

    May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pan3

    Thank you Mr. President! I am in tears!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Thank you Mr. President. You already had my vote but this reaffirms it.

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

      Gay marriage is like a mosquito that will be squashed. The real marriage is here to stay.

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

      President Obama is a loser, he will be defeated this November. As long as we are changing the definition of marriage,the new definition of Democrats is someone who needs someone to run their lives as they are too stupid to run their own lives.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      Great Republican – your name is an oxymoron.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    Finally! Mr. President, my esteem for you just increased. Human rights are not a choice to be decided by people trapped by 2000 year old dogma. There still is hope for our country.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JUGGERNAUT

    PRINCETON, NJ - Gallup finds 64% of Americans saying gay or lesbian relations between consenting adults should be legal, the highest since it first asked the question more than 30 years ago.

    SOURCE: http://www(DOT)gallup(DOT)com/poll/147785/Support-Legal-Gay-Relations-Hits-New-High(DOT)aspx

    I believe Obama made the right move.

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

      Relations are fine – marriage is another matter altogether. I'm not paying taxes to support perverts and deviants

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

      they pay taxes that support you denroy so why should you be the only 'deviant' supported?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      Oh, BANG! Good one, Cedar Rapids!

      May 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    So at least 10% of America is gay, 4 out of 10 families have a gay person in their family, gay marriage is now at 55% approval. I think if we look back at this issue it's similar to denying women the right to vote, or blacks were 1/4 of a vote,or racial segregation. It wasn't popular at the time but ultimately these were issues that needed to move us forward as a civilized society.

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

      thank you Mr. Biden

      May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. denroy

    what an ass he truly is – flip flopping from one liberal position to another, led by Biden lol – funny how CNN doesn't say this about Obama isn't it but is first to say it about Romney

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

    At least he has now lost votes!!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      He didn't lose any votes . Those who won't vote for him because of this would never have voted for him either way anyway.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anne

    Well, just as Romney was fading Obama has to put his foot in it, so now I am back with Romney. Way to go Bam-Bam.

    And in the feeble hope of not being misunderstood, I am in favor of traditional marriage for one-man one-woman relationships and civil unions for non-traditional relationships.

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

      Nc just voted against even civil unions, thats the people you are siding with.

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

      yes because "traditional" marriages are working out so well for you straight people. I just don't understand why people like you need to meddle in our business. how does it affect you?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      So, Anne, this ONE issue, considering everything each candidate will bring to the table, this ONE issue means sooooo much to you that you would vote Romney just because Obama says he supports gay marriage? Mind you, this changes nothing – the states are still making their own laws about this. If this ONE issue is more important to you than the economy, healthcare, social security, medicare, then I guess you do need to vote Romney. But really think about it, and if it is really that important to you.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gal

    This is not flip-flop. I prefer my President or anyone representing me to learn, evaluate and value other opinions and change the way they think. He's doing what he thinks is best not what his party wants. That's not flip-flopping. He said it was an evolution. Go Obama!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JCal

    Evolving stance! That's a lot of BS. It's flip-flopping!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jonsie

    Of course he does, it's an election year. If most of the country wanted public hangings – he would support that as well. He's so transparent!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      He supported gay marriage as a senator. He is not waffling here.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sarah

    Go President Obama!! Way to stand up for civil rights!

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

    Marriage between MAN and WOMEN!! You lost my vote Obama.

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

      Are you a polygamist?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      Did he have it before?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
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