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
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  1. Roger smith

    obamab wants your children to be gay

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

      What an idiotic comment. Do you suffer a recent blow to the head?

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

      Wow, this joker will do anything for a $@%#$#@$ vote!!! What has happened to this FREAK of a nation?

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

      Well, that works out for you. Cuz Roger Jr. is gay as it gets.

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

      Good grief.

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

      Sorry to hear your kids can't decide for themselves as they grow up.

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

      not any more than you do! no parent – even a gay or lesbian parent – WANT their child to be gay. it's a hard life full of judgements and hatred being spewed at you.

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

      you are an idiot – what Obama wants is his children to grow up open-minded and accepting of all the people God made – unlike you who obviously have a brain in a vise

      May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaxinScottsdale

      What a GOP statement.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      What an idiotic statement.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LGBT Republican

      Mr. President you are getting closer to winning my vote. I promised my partner that if he made it possible for us to marry I would vote for him in November.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    This is a sad day for america, we have a none Christian Leader leading the country away from God

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

      He's a Christian but he's confirming to the way the world thinks instead of God & that's a tragedy.

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

      What?

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

      Separation of church and state, idiot. Your made up beliefs of this magical sky person should not be leading anyone.

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

      Thats not sad, it's happy. The further the world gets away from all of their Gods, the better off we'll be.

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

      The only thing sad is your post, both the ignorant content and the basic errors in grammar and capitalization. I'm sorry the public education system failed you.

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

      well umm if only we were a xtian nation - which we are not! OBAMA 2012

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

      Ever hear of separation of Church and State?

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

      Which is exactly what we need!

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

      Being Christian requires one to accept Jesus and His teachings. Jesus said "blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake for THEIRS is the kingdom of heaven." Jesus also said "judge not, lest ye be judged." He also said all ten commandments could be boiled down to two: Love God and love your neighbor. On Judgment Day, how will Jesus judge your life on Earth? By following one line in Levitius (Old Testament) or by following His words in the New Testament? I think many 'Christians' in this country have forgotten what it means to be Christian, but President Obama has never proven to be one of them.
      Obama 2012. Leadership. Character. Courage. Integrity.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      That is your opinion John, some of us are glad is not as obsessed as some about destroying people.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • shutyaface

      Why because he eats pork? Or maybe it is because his shirt is a polyester blend?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Get over yourself...

      May 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Its not (your) god's country. Its the country of free men/women

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

      i'm not religious but given that God created man then he must have created gays. I'm sure he would be sadder to know he created big its like you

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

      What a disaster *that* would be...

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

      This country has been lead away from the Creator from the start. Let's see, adultery, high rate of divorce, hate(racism/murder/erasing history) idolatry, paganism, holidays, hollywood and this. Do we really think it's just Obama and that this wasn't in the works. Read the marriage license laws, it's in there and it's always a state issue, both Dem and Repub states are oking it.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      Not all Christians support your bigoted views so don't claim you speak for Christianity.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Twan

      Me being a christian myself understand what you are saying. But in this country you have the freedom of religion. You can't and shouldnt make decisions about other people's lifestyle because its against YOUR religion. To them, there might not even be a God. So we have to respect more than our own beliefs in a democratic country. So it was a good call by Obama

      May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • 123

      Good thing this isn't a theocracy, moron.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • SickofStupidityInThisCountry

      "none Christian"? Shouldn't it be non-Christian? Those who cannot spell shouldn't be able to comment. Especially those who have such negative things to say. So your comment's incorrect spelling should really show how ignorant you really are.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.le

      What happened to keeping church and state separate?.... how ignorant can you be?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      You must live in North Carolina. If you don't you should move there to be with the rest of the bigots. Here's a fact for you. Christians don't run this country, human beings do! There are many religions in this country and that is because this is a FREE country, well, free for most people. I love how you Christian people say you promote peace among all men and women but you still use hatred against those that you don't understand. Ugh! Ridiculous!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZRod

      Pull out a history book and see how many times "Christian" leaders oppressed and caused wars.
      Also, the government is not allowed to base laws off religious views. I can respect beliefs until you bigots interfere with the freedoms of others. Or is freedom not what America was founded for?
      Do you not see how you are just repeating segregation and issues of old?
      Don't worry, once the younger generation takes over we will change this and our kids will look back and see how wrong you were.
      I'm a 23 year old Christian by the way.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick T

      Buzz off. How can you sit there (and by "you" I mean anyone with this view) and say that some people aren't people? That they don't have the same rights, desires, or protections allotted to them. And to further that by saying it is the word of God is another insult. God didn't tell us to discriminate, small minded bigots did and do.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Katie

    Good for President Obama! At last someone with the courage and the integrity to stand up for all Americans!
    Obama 2012

    May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      he's a flip flopper, what else will he flip flop on?

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

      what courage?????????????? the only reason he is coming out now is because he knows NC is lost along with other heartland states. now he is trying to excite his base (whats left of it). what a schmuck.

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

      A sad day in America, we now have an immoral person leading the country. I can't wait till November till we vote this spawn of Satan out and restore this country to good Christan valves.

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

      "At last someone with the courage and the integrity to stand up for all Americans!"

      You are kidding, right? "Courage" and "integrity." Silly, Katie, he has neither.

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

      This Clown is a poster child of alienation and desperation! I love it! Way to push even harder to the left and anger moderates! By Pandering to the Gays he has shown just how desperate he is in this election. Truly amazing how he is committing Hari Kari. The gays would have voted for him anyways... Wow,..

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

      It is about time to stop treating people as second class, because they follow their personal lifestyles. All of the so called "Christian" people who defame others are wasting time with their rhetoric. They claim Pres. Obama is not a Christian. How do they know that? Mormons are not Christians for sure. That is not a mystery at all.

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

      Exactly. I agree 100%

      May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • peggy

      That's the Obama that I love. One should stand up for their convictions. He is an awesome family man.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. deb

    Those who oppose gay marriage are probably the same people who opposed Civil Rights in the 1960s. Discrimination was wrong then, and it's wrong now. Thank you Mr Obama for listening to reason (and to your children – the future of our country).

    May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aj

      Oh you mean democrats. You are aware that they created the Jim Crow laws and it was AL Gores father that stalled the integration of schools in the south. I am guessing you went to public school

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

      Do you support polygamy?

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

      Oh you mean democrats. You are aware that they created the Jim Crow laws and it was AL Gores father that stalled the integration of schools in the south. I am guessing you went to public school? I almost can't blame you, you were lied to so terribly if you think that. Look it up for yourself. BTW they also were originally against woman voting. SHOCKING eh?

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

      Gores father that stalled the integration of schools in the south. I am guessing you went to public school? I almost can't blame you, you were lied to so terribly if you think that. Look it up for yourself. BTW they also were originally against woman voting. SHOCKING eh?

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

      to AJ – those Democrats who supported slavery are now the Republicans who use the Bible to justify their intent to discriminate. It's not the party who changed, it's the people who changed parties.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. truth

    So gay people get married and then ho home to drink tea right??? They get in bed and do their abominable acts. It is sick. Nasty. These people are soooo shameless to even go out and ask for their rights. What rights? The right to get perverted in bed?

    May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBig

      If they're not in your bed why do you care?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • madcow310

      And you care what goes on in their bedroom because it effects your life in what way?!?!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      this comment is disgusting

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

      Becasue it is a sin against god and all that is good. Evil doers shall perish.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • horse

      I don't think the President is saying you will be forced to watch them.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • let

      I am straight married women and i get perverted with my husband.....What I do in the bedroom or what some else does is no business of any one and that should prevent them from being treated fairly...whats wrong with you!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Johnson

      Well, why are you looking if you don't like it. Do you think because you stop us from getting married, then we can't still have intimacy? HAHAHA!! How many times did you beat your wife this week cause she talked back to you? 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • abtfldisaster

      "truth" – you can't be serious?!?? You are an ignorant fool – and THAT is the truth!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      SO you think it is right for the government to monitor what you do in the bedroom? How is a stable union between two consenting adults

      May 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      Why would you care what people do in the privacy in their own homes? It's none of your business, my business, or the governement's.

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

      Take your Bible and shove it your hole horizontally

      May 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Moon

    If god created people in his image then there shouldnt be any disagreement about whether people should have the right to marry or not. I know a few gay couples who have been together longer than my parents were married. So i dont see how they are ruining marriage. Give it up people. Denying anyone marriage is just as bad as denying black people basic human rights. Marriage for everyone or marriage for none!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Oh hush up fruitcake

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

      Whaaaaaaat?? U blind. God did create marriage. And It was not Adam and Steve!!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • What the heck

      Gay marriage is wrecking our way of life because it opens a door for a whole host of sick perversions! Not to mention that it forces Christians into silence!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Take your Bible and shove it up your hole horizontally

      May 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dreucalypt

    Yay! I'm glad the President took this risk.

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

    Watch him backpedal after the elections, after all the liberal fruits vote for him. You heard it here first.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. byebyesocialism

    gong! you said the wrong thing! LOL

    May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. woohoo

    It must be election time

    May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerome Horowitz

      Is that with an "L" or an "R"?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ryan

    President Obama is true leader and a couragous president.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ohhowpeopleforget

    Sad sad sad...but whatever it takes to get elected... if this doesn't prove the man is a sell out then nothing will and it also shows his claims to Christianity are bogus as well.

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

      Take your Bible and shove it up your hole

      May 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brad

    Selling America for one more term.....................

    May 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. byebyesocialism

    gong! you chose poorly! LOL

    May 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SMJR

    Still not voting for you........I just ordered my One and Done bumper sticker today.......

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

      what happens to your bumper sticker if he gets re elected?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
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