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.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs interesting, some of this is also generational,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúYou 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‚Äôre talking about their friends and their parents.
"And Malia and Sasha, it wouldn‚Äôt dawn on them that somehow their friends‚Äô parents would be treated differently. It doesn‚Äôt make sense to them, and frankly, that‚Äôs the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.‚ÄĚRead CNN's full coverage of President Barack Obama's stance on gay marriage
Go Obama Go! This announcement just locked in over 3.3 million votes from the gay community and i'm sure they will be more than happy to return the support for a man who wants them to be treated fairly.
I honestly still didn't know this was still an issue. Damn our government works slow.
I think I just lost all respect for this man... So out of touch with the american people and subservient to hateful gay bullies... Sad day in America. People gonna smile at him now but guess who isn't gonna get a second term...
if you are talking about hateful bullies then you need to look at the group that voted for the bill in NC, not gays.
Gay bullies???? Gatornuts, you are the posterboy for ignorance.
SO he changed his mind after his cabinet members said they support it. Well I guess he cant decide for himself and is a follower. What a "leader" he is turning out to be.. Peer pressure, we tell our kids to avoid it Mr President so should you.
He'll say anything to get your vote!
Except in this case he is saying something that only 50% of Americans agree with. A majority of independent voters still disagree with this position. The VAST majority of black and Hispanic voters in the Democratic party are NOT in favor of gay marriage. So really quite courageous then that he should come down on the side FOR gay marriage - in an election year! - instead of continuing to side-step the issue. This is NOT going to help him win the election. May have just lost it for him.
Wow... Now here's an issue where the President and myself are in 100% agreement. I'm still voting for Romney though. ūüėČ
This is great news! Finely I can sleep with my pet animals
The God that I worship says it is okay for any consenting adults to marry, regardless of gender or race. Praise God!!
Obama Owns Clan Base
This creep will do/ say anything to get reelected..
David, I agree.
Thank you Mr. President, hope you enjoyed your one term!
Are you serious? Do you not remember the past four years? It's exactly the same. He'll say anything for a vote and then do nothing about it. It's disgusting.
While I commend the president for his views, I do not think this help him politically. There are a lot more people against gay marriage with very strong views than there are people for gay marriage with very strong views.
The downfall of the USA!! hopefully he is gone in November!
You meant to say neo-con USA!