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. Lars

    Thank you, Mr. President. Without a doubt a very courageous thing to do, especially in an election year. This is a fundamental issue of fairness and equality, not an issue of offering others special rights. Given that there are more than 1,200 legal benefits afforded with marriage, gay and lesbian couples should have those same rights afforded to them - or those rights and privileges should be revoked for all. Thank you for your commitment to equality and justice and for having such immense integrity.

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

    Thank you President Obama!!!

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

    That amendment in North Carolina will be tossed out like the one in California. Imagine if we took a vote on slavery in North Carolina in the 1850's? Of course the voters would be in favor of slavery, despite it being wrong. And slavery is mentioned as acceptable in the Bible by the way...

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

    This POTUS has shown political courage when he risked his presidency to go after Osama Bin Laden, and has shown it again by coming out in favor of civil rights after a swing state voted to ban what he says he supports. Bravo for putting this statement out and standing up for equality for everybody.

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

    Traditional definition on things (such as marriage) should not be arbitrarily changed whenever some group FEEL like it, or whenever some group trumpet it as a Civil Rights issue.

    What's next?
    Pedophiles demanding their rights to "love" children?
    Imperialists demanding their rights to declare sovereignty of the moon?
    80s video gamers demanding all your base belong to them?
    Pink-slime haters declaring that meat chunks do not qualify as meats?
    Kawasaki demanding to allow their motorcycles be called automobiles too?

    May 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      Except of course, that marriage has been changed and redefined since our nation's inception.
      1700s – only whites can legally marry, a woman was property
      1875 – illegal to marry outside of your own race
      1800s – slaves can marry only with permission of the owner
      1920s – a married woman can own her own property

      The laws of marriage change with the times.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan Zelhart

      Oh, don't get your drawers in a knot James. Nothing has changed yet. But it will. Praise God! A president who gets the true love and compassion of Jesus!

      May 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Canaan

    For evry sin, the Bible says that we will have a consequence.

    "I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected— even children in the third and fourth generations.”
    Exodus 34:6-8

    May 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saul Teload

      The bible also says you're not allowed to interact with a woman who is menstruating

      May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Luckily for us that is complete fiction and has no basis on reality.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      That doesn't sound like "Good News" to me.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Geoff

    I dare say that not supporting gay marriage is a "biggot" issue! I believe in state rights that has always had complete control over licensing-related issues and if you agree with their laws and regulations, you live there. If you don't you move.

    To compare slavery to gay marriage is a hoot. Get a grip.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Equality

    Great news! Everyone deserves equality.
    Why should the government have the power to tell human beings who to love and marry?
    Gay people are expected to obey by all of the rules, including paying taxes mean while, they are denied one of the most fundamental right. It is shocking and sad that in 2012, people are still fighting for their "human" right. This shouldn't even be a debate!

    Discrimination is sick!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. proud

    I am so proud of our president right now. Although this is a very controversial subject and he is essentially sticking his neck out politically due to it beling a re-election year, he is not afraid to give us a definitive answer as to what his views are instead of flip flopping, staying neutral or saying whatever to get re-elected. So proud of you Mr. President, and hopefully other Americans can also let their views and opinions on the matter evolve.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Saul Teload

    Obama!!!! Proud of my boy to have the courage to publicly say the right thing even it it offends all the inbred, backwoods, evil, illiterate, toothless, overall-wearing, bestiality-practicing, bible-toting, hillbilly, redneck Republicans. Nuke the south!!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      "Nuke" the south?

      Wow, clearly you are an open minded and compassionate person...

      May 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      So much hate..

      May 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wrm

    I am happen to agree with the position, but I think Obama is a complete tool for waiting years to make the position official, and to time it with an election. He did it for himself more than anyone else.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hassan

    Yeah slifty you made no sense when with your comment at all.I don't really care anyway. If you want to be gay and married...go ahead. I don't care. But I don't see why you care so much about being married anyway and I feel bad for the kid who is confused his whole life about the concept of a dad and a mom when he has two moms, or two dads. With not a single case of both parents being legit.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bubba

    There is no "right" or "wrong"; there are only personal preferences.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lucky

    OBOMO continues to prove he has not the mentality to be a man but continues with his liberal college ways of destroying the greatest civilization the earth has seen. Our forefathers will be weeping to see the destruction that this boy/man has wreaked on this nation.
    This country has given all of us the liberties we treasure to only have them destroyed by the liberals in our society.
    not one nation under obama.
    GOD grant us the strength to persevere the ones who wish to tear down this nation. NOT certain why they don't move to RUSSIA or someplace where their ideas would be appreciated

    May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gmac

      Hey Lucky...get out of 1950

      May 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      "destroying the greatest civilization the earth has seen"

      er, based on what criteria exactly?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJB

      With Liberty And Justice FOR ALL....not just those that agree with you Lucky!

      May 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |

    Dont think that he is right on this topic.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
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