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. Rex

    Now, cut off those highway funds to North Carolina.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paul Thomas

    Great for him he should encourage more forward thinking in the sense that every body has the right to be "miserable" meaning in a marriage.

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

    Of course he does. He will be divorcin Michelle soon and running off with his paramour Biden. What a cute couple.

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

    We're all in tall cotton now; happy days are here again.
    And how does this help anything?

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

    This is sad. Marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman. Oh well guess I'm not voting this year cuz my voice and thoughts are totally not represented or considered.

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

      Me too. They can all rot.

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

      Angela your voice is heard..........what is SAD is how STUPID/DUMB you sound !!!!!!!!!!!!

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

      Your voice is prejudiced, biggoted, and belongs in the 1800's. Your thoughts are wrong, how can anyone even THINK that another human being should be oppressed and ridiculed for being different. You are not an american, go live in Afghanistan

      May 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • S H. Eggers

      Because you area bigot, and bigots always lose

      May 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      WHITES SHOULD ALL VOTE FOR MID RODNEY.....OBAMA IS CATERING TO HISPANICS AND GAYS.....

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

      Marriage is between one man and one woman? Who says? You?? So what if two gay guys want to get married? A man and a woman can still get married. Just because two gay guys marry each other doesn't mean it's an end for 'straight marriages.'

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      GOD SAID THAT MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN... REMEMBER ADAM AND EVE ?????? GOD COULD OF PICKED 2 MEN-OR-2 WOMEN , BUT HE DIDN'T.......

      WHY DID GOD PICKED A MAN AND A WOMAN ????? ADAM AND EVE

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

      I hear you loud and clear Angela...I hear ignorance.

      May 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gay man in SF

    I am a gay man and he has my vote.

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

      GAY HERE
      OBAMA 2012

      May 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      OBAMA JUST LOST MILLIONS OF VOTES BY SUPPORTING GAYS.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RightWingTeam

    more votes for us

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

      You should thank God that there is no law against being STUPID/DUMB..........

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jack

    How can you even have a vote on this and call yourself a free country? Democracy in a free country does not give the right to take rights from others. If 51% of a population voted to enslave 49% of the population, would you call that a free democracy?

    Shame on North Carolina for even having a vote on the rights of people. Democracy in itself does not equal freedom. You have to have certain unalienable rights in addition to democracy in order to be free. North Carolinian's do not deserve freedom if they are so willing to take it from others.

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

      THANK YOU FOR SHARING !!!!!!!!! THANK YOU

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

    Thank you Mr. President for telling the world that contrary to popular belief, the US is not entirely filled with Alabama back-asswards rednecks who still think the Confederacy exists and support slavery and racism. Iran, you can have Alabama, Georgia, both Carolinas, Mississippi, Florida, and Texas. REAL Americans don't support oppression of ANY kind.

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

      Renee..........so well said.......you make me smile 🙂

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

      Renee you rock!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southerngirl

      WAIT I am in Florida and support Obama! So lets modify that and move all these dam religous radicals out and give me more peace and tranquility on our beautiful coast to enjoy!!

      May 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJB

      Love your words Renee!!!!!

      May 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Adam&Steve

    GayBama 2012? NOT! 😦

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

      Says "adam and steve".......?

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

      DUMB............and STUPID

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

    And the march forward continues! God Bless You Mr. President.

    "If you don't like gay marriage, don't marry a gay person!"

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

      Leviticus 18:22 (KJV): "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind it is abomination.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pAb

    This is really gonna pi$$ of the muslims

    May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. StanFrank

    FLIP FLOP FLIP FLOP .... alert.

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

      Stan – Biggest Flip Flop is Romney..he went public with it as well, remember the Etch a sketch moment

      May 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. josh rogen

    politicians are such d-bags

    May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. larrydavid

    Ambivalence is something that I always look for in the leader of the Free World.

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