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. Marley

    Obama favors HUMAN RIGHTS VALUES over fairy-tale Jewish-God values.

    The people in the center and the left will support this view point.

    Now Mormon Bishop Mittens has to make his view clear without upsetting the God-delusional folks on the right. Good luck to Mittens on this one! LMAO

    May 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sherri M

    Thank goodnes! I am a North Carollnian and this change of position by the President eases what is otherwise a sad day in NC. I have an 8 year old daughter who cannot understand why anyone would want to make a law about who adults can marry. Our kids will lead us out of this ridiculous mess. There is some hope.

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

    Yes, Breaking news. 6 months from re-election. And the class wars, and the race wars and the gender wars. What ELSE can he come up with in cobjunction with CNN to distract voters from the economy. I am in support of gay marriage, but I bet they'd like to have JOBBS too.

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

    With Obama it depends on which way the wind is blowing ..

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

    I'm happy to hear him say that, but I was really hoping he'd get a second term, I'm thinking he just pretty much lost the race with this.

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

      i think the opposite.

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

      I'm sure his advisers calculated that he would gain more votes than he would lose by making this statement. If the polls said Americans were in favor of purple zebras driving mopeds, he (or any politician, for that matter) would come out in favor of it.

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

      One can only hope, but I fear that there are too many Americans that like riding Uncle Sugar's Gravy Train and will vote for your buddy.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Just Me

    I think this will be the winning ticket in November. I wont swear to it, but there are a lot of people out there that are taking this stance on allowing the marriages. He just got those votes.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ken

    It's about time.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Yup

    Kemikal... old testament. So ... which one do you want to quote... new and old profess different laws....

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

    the fall of the neo-roman empire has begun

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

      And you know it.

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

      are you one of these people that like to claim the roman empire failed because they accepted gays?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 0704America

    Obama just picked up every vote the GOP turned away by not supporting gay marriages.

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

      like those votes count. Unless they are heavily concentrated in a swing state, it won't matter. In fact, it will actually cost him votes in those states.

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

      The GOP never had those votes to begin with. So no change.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Barb

    Woo Hoo! Good for you President Obama! Thank you for having an open mind, for having the courage to look at your previous beliefs, and for allowing them to evolve. You are an enlightened being. You already had my vote, but now I'm even happier to offer it. –This is not the same as flip-flopping, people.

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

      Goodness you're getting me all warm inside.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. L.D.

    Obama will do anything to gain support to win the election. Now he has gays and lesibians vote.

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

      you think they were going to vote repub otherwise?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      L.D – Atleast he is not an etch A sketch

      May 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ZeroGods

    It may cost Obama some votes, but it's great that he's finally taking a stand. I hope this will mark a turning point in the struggle for marriage equality. Damn, now I'm going to have to send his reelection campaign some money.

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

      Gosh, it's so wonderful for you.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Independent Voter

    RIGHT ON!!!! 4 MORE Years!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wes

    Surprise Surprise... The Prez is pandering to every group imaginable cause there's an election coming up...

    This shouldn't even be a political talking point. Let consenting ADULTS marry whomever they want... Shouldn't be issue..

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

      You started off okay. Oh well. The fact is we dictate to people all the time as to what they can and cannot do.

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