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. tbrnotb

    It's about time! The future is here!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tristianboi

    Thank you Obama... you will earn lots of respect for this... and I agree with others... if there was a doubt that you may not have won the relection... you now will.

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

    Good on President Obama!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nick2345

    This just solidified his fate as a single term President.

    Most Americans will respond negatively towards this, come November.

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

      You wish buddy!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tobi

      Say Goodnight Gracie.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • dj

      Funny...I was thinking that he has finally stepped up and done something Progressive. If anything this helps me decide to vote for him and to continue to push for a Progressive agenda for the second term.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DK

      Actually, most Americans don't have a problem with it any more. Try and keep up with the polls.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • thebostonpamphlet

      i agree. its a shame americans are so stupid.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdamone

      He's back on the defensive yet again. The 'birther' issue was BS as far as an irrelevant attack on Obama, but it was an important turn in his presidency. It started Obama as a reactive administration rather than a proactive one. Almost every issue after has been Obama backing into a corner and fending off attackers, including from his own party. He is now predictable and easy to control by his enemies. Just attack him in the national press and watch him scramble.

      Sad but a bed he made for himself, so he shouldn't mind laying in it.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin

      Most rednecks who won't vote for him anyway.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • pman2788

      unfortunately i think you are wrong, there is a strong backing of people who are for this and will come out and vote now. not saying i agree or disagree with the choice, but he brings it up on election year after the fact that his opponent come November has already said they are against it. Its a political ploy to get votes and money. The real thing is that Obama hasn't done one thing to CHANGE THIS COUNTRY FOR THE GOOD.

      and BRIAN PETTY can rot for being an up tight turd nugget

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mavent

      Fortunately, most Americans aren't bigoted ldiots.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackDW

      What makes you think that? Only the most backward States feel that way anymore.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • kristi

      no this will help their are alot of people out there that disagree with n.c. everyone deserves to be happy

      May 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      And yet polls from various sources consistently show that most or at the very least half of Americans support gay marriage.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teeg

      You are wrong. Most Americans believe in equal rights and equal treatment for all Americans.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yup

    Like I said, don't believe in Freedom and Equality and Liberty for all? Go live in Syria. We don't need you..

    May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • gay man in SF

      very true!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imablindliberal

      So 3 1/2 years later he suddenly supports the position during an election year. You people will believe anything. Obama=same as any other politician.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gap13gracie

    Fantastic decision – live and let live.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cathryn

    Just heartbreaking....our president is so blinded by this deception. He just doesn't have a clue to ripple affect....

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

      Oh boy. Why dosen't everybody let everybody be themselfs.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quintin

      You sound like one of those "crazy Christians" who have no understanding of the concept of seperation and state.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      affect and effect are two different words. Maybe education is the way out of bigotry for you?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jasie

    Who gives a flying flip what he thinks.

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

    Yes for my president. you got my vote...........

    May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kemikal

    President Obama, I can't say that I agree with you on this one. Marriage should STAY between a man and a woman. Read it in the bible for yourselves; "A man shall not lay with man kind, and woman kind alike". As a christian I will never be for this. You are free to make whatever decisions you want; a sin is a sin; but are we going to make murder legal?????

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

      The bible also states that a divorce is an abomination..... So do you pick and choose?? hmmm maybe you should shut your mouth about a book no longer relevant to modern society...... How can you take a book seriously that has more errors in it than Mein Kampf? I'll make sure to quote my science book from 1920 because nothing has evolved since then.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Draiden

      "This is what I say to the most conservative person that's so terrified of gay marriage becoming legal. Just because the state says it's legal, it's not like God's going to let them into Heaven"
      -Daniel Tosh

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Oh so your sacred text should dictate civil rights policy now should it? Maybe move to Iran, I think they'd agree with you there.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • tristianboi

      do not speak if you are uneducated.... it doesn't matter what the bible says... thats why there is seperation of church and state... religion and the bible dont' belong in politics... everyone in this country is not a christian and christian beliefs shouldn't decide on everyones legal rights.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • kristi

      the bible is full of lies longest running rumor in history

      May 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • kristi

      the bible is full of lies !!!!!! longest running rumor in history

      May 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southerngirl

      News flash not everyone believes in god. Or not everyone is Christian... or not everyone shares your beliefs. You are free to worship because this is america as others are free to not "beleive" in what you find sacred. You tell me I am going to hell .. I tell you guess what there is no heaven or hell.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jon

    Tacking to the port side....for political reasons of course...shaking in our boots are we?

    May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nicoly

    Nice to see Pres. O finally growing a spine. Keep on going Mr. Pres. Don't stop there. And to all the Haters: Go away PLEASE!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CHARLES

    This is a true leader. I am proud of my commander in chief.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eric

    I am not a fan of Obama, I will not vote for him in this election nor did I vote for him in the last election, I do not agree with the majority of his policies and I think he is more of a puppet or a figure head then a president. I do agree with him on this issue. I am a history major and if you look at any change in this country or in any other country this is what happens. When someone pushes for positive change it is always met with ignorance. Some major examples in this country would be women's rights and rights for anyone that is not white. Now here we are at a time where gay people are fighting for rights and they deserve them, and they will get them.

    While I'm on the subject of rights why is it anytime someone is different from the social norm they get picked on. We as humans like to think we have evolved past this but in reality we have not evolved enough. For example, why do meat eaters pick on vegetarians, why should people care what you eat, it makes no sense to me.

    Now back to the topic at hand, gay people deserve the right to be married end of story.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Heather

    32 states have voted to ban gay marriage.

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

      how many voted to also ban civil unions, or even make straight couple cohibitation legally unrecognised?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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