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. Jim in PA

    You are never truly free and equal until you begin sending half of all your paychecks to your ex. Ouch. The scary underbelly of marriage...

    May 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bubba

    An indication of primitive thinking is the belief that your religion is right and the other religions are wrong.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • gatornuts

      Hey Bubba, this also includes the liberal religion of Godlessness. I have yet to meet a liberal who wasn't a closed minded smug hateful little minded hysterical person.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      hey gatornuts, you arent exactly full of sweetness and light there yourself skippy.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bonnie

    North Carolina, thank you for demonstrating your true respect and obedience to Almighty God. Please assist other states in accomplishing this fine message of true love for God and His ways.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      his ways are nasty and hatefilled.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Omar

    Most people do not openely support gay marrige because it is against their religion. Our "preacher" told us it was wrong and gay people should not be allowed to marry. I dont agree.

    I think everyone has the right to be happy and do whatever they want as long as nobody else is getting hurt. This is good for gay people and society, maybe being in a monogomous relationship will stop the spread of diseases. They will have the previleges that we all enjoy. They will be free to love and live happily ever after. I dont believe that a just God would deny that to any one of his creations.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Me

    "The land of the free and home of the brave" has become a meaningless phrase. A nation cannot be free when the majority are allowed to oppress the minority. That is not democracy, it is tyranny. Malcolm X was so right when he claimed "democracy is hypocrisy".

    May 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bubba

    The difference between primates and humans is an ability for abstract thinking, such as the ability to understand that one religion is not better or more correct than another religion.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      The fish aren't biting today.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob R., Lanham, Maryland

    Romney will now get two more votes from two former Democrats turned Indepemndents in 2010.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      polygamy is now your vote?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roy

      He lost my vote!

      May 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    Mr. Parley- Mitt Romneys great great grandfather had 12 wives. Mitt is a mormon. I guess his religion did not evolve. President Obama 2012.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Me

    "Protect marriage as God intended"

    What a ridiculous statement. Marriage, or the equivalent, was around long before the current God was invented.

    Sure, if a given religion does not want to sanctify gay marriage, then fine. Private club, members dues, strange rituals ... make up your own rules.

    But for these religions to deny marriage to everyone, that's wrong. You only have to look at countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia to see how well religious law works. Does North Carolina really want that kind of system?

    May 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. modvoice

    He is in a bubble of baby boomer hippy free love folks, who relativistic morality is destroying this Nation.... Oh thats right, most of them wanted to see the nation destroyed since their freshman years at Berkley or Harvard.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Tomorrow will come, just another day like the day before.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • authorsnote

      I received my first Masters degree at UC Berkeley, and learned, long before that, the proper use of apostrophes, commas, and proper English. Those lessons eluded you, I see.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bubba

    Democracy is hypocricy.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JoeCorrao

    he is awesome...I love how he changes his ideas as political pressure mounts.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim in PA

      Ah yes, shifting with the political winds... like when Repubs starting being against the Iraq War.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bubba

    Polygamy is fine as long as it's between consenting adults.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      What happened to the 1 man 1 women thing?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank the tank

    Hey man! Huh? Yea I don't know...sure

    May 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim in PA

    Supporters of traditional marriage have no choice; they MUST support the candidate whose church used to support polygamy. No, wait...

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