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. smellarat

    Well at least he can stop lying about it now.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GONZO

    OBAMA WILL SELL YOU OUT FOR THE ALL MIGHTY DOLLAR , HE NEEDS FOR RE ELECTION . THIS COUNTRY NEEDS A CHANGE, AND NOT FROM HIM

    May 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. judy

    Hoo boy. Haters, start your engines. Or better yet, your aneurysms.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beverado

      Lol...too true.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael

    CNN!!! Please stop calling it "GAY" marriage! It's just Equal Marriage for All! I don't "GAY" walk my dog, "GAY" go to work every day, or "GAY" pay my taxes. Thanks!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • piers morgan

      and yet you choose for it to define you

      May 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beverado

      Um...no, but that's how YOU choose to define him...

      May 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • RAH

      self-hating?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mdc242

    I don't know what is sadder? That it took so long for us to get to this point or reading some of the comments on this story.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scuba Steve

    Boom!! Let the Chaos begin

    May 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. truth

    Nasty gay people!!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      "truth", get back on your meds, you;re delusional

      May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Roger smith

    obomo said he was a christian but now he proven he lied.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      Equal rights for all is not about religion, separation of church and state.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Roger, that's not a very Christian thing to say.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Even christians agree that people should be treated equally and fairly. I don't think Christ ever said – treat those who differ from you poorly. Let the church decide who they will marry in a church. And let the state choose who it will recognize as married couples and provide benefits to.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Feonix

      "Christian" doesn't mean anti-gay, or anti-equality rights any more than it means anti-westernization, anti-freedom, or anti-slavery. Sadly, it does often mean unreasonable, close minded, and void of intelligent thought process. One can be a follower of son of man, Jesus Christ, and still be accepting of who people are, and see them on equal footing. After all, he did. ^_^

      May 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matthew

    Omg, I could almost cry. Crazy religious cult people DON'T run our country and someone thinks everyone should be treated equally! 😀

    May 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger smith

      obomber has claimed he belongs the xtian death cult.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sunsohot

    so glad he took the time to really think it through before making his feelings known – makes it all the more likely to be a heartfelt conclusion and not just an off-the-cuff, politically expedient statement.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. patcee

    I feel like celebrating and I'm not even gay.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Sixx

      I know! I feel the same way. It's an historic day!

      May 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. No Excuse for Hate

    Why cant they have 2 definitions of marriage? Civil Union: Just 2 people making a couple (family) and Religious Union: Man and Women (as designated by the church) why cant both be treated with kindess and respect???

    May 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jimminy

    In a way this is smart of him. Anything he can do to draw the conversation away from his performance on the economy is a smart move for his campaign.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Name*reel

    Very sad! I weep for the u.s.. America turn back to God,u'd forgotton you root.. SAD!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      speak/write English?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • commonsense

      When was god ever a big part of the founding of our country? Was in when they added In God We Trust post civil war? Was it Under God in the Pledge in the 1950's? Only crazy religious people want this to be a church run country. Maybe you should go to Africa, they have plenty of countries there that practice everything you wish for, and they just love god over there! U'd fit right in!

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

    Thank you, President Obama! Thank you for your leadership on this issue!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
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