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. BillnTed

    I approve of gay marriage.

    They should be just as miserable as everyone else....

    May 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • apeman

      Best comment on here...LOL

      May 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJB

      Comment of the day!!!

      May 10, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. fun size

    Can ANY of you nay-sayers offer anything against gay marriage that doesn't involve the bible or god? Because you know the whole 14th Amendement and the 1st, guaranteeing separation of church and state?

    Any takers?

    May 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaargh

      You really should try to understand what separation of church and state means. It's obvious that you don't.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Right_on

      I am a southern Christian and I totally agree with you. Any argument for how the government recognizes a couple, or other hot topic laws, should have nothing to do with a religious stance. I love being a Christian and I also love living in a FREE country where people can practice whatever they choose. Government decisions should be based off the decisions of the state, not the church. As long as churches are allowed to stay separate from the state on such issues the state should stay separate from the church. I personally believe in a loving and accepting Savior, just to make that clear as well.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • hph

      Too right. Hey, Aargh...it must be exceedingly difficult for you to live in a world where thinking people work towards equality, evolution, and all those other words that stick in your gullet like glue. The only "shaky ground" here is the one you and the ignorant masses like you insist on huddling on together...the one with the giant crack in that's about to fall into oblivion, wondering why your little man in the sky could possibly will love and the freedom to love and all those other hateful things you dont stand for.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      Sure. Marriage is an established tradition that is so old, it's origins have been lost. There have been billions of marriages on this planet, and well over 99% of them have been between a man and a woman. Statistics would argue that this is considered "normal". The fabric of a global society has been based and founded on the nuclear family, which inheriently has the yin-yang balance of man and woman raising children. This should not be tampered with, simply for "convenience".

      May 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. State's Rights

    Freaky deaky people and freeloading parasites into California, Illinois, Michigan, and New York. Real Americans into the rest of the states. Then jetison those losers to wallow in their own squalor.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lucky

    In most all Arab countries gay's are killed
    here we give them EXTRA rights
    Day of reckoning is coming

    May 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      I'm scared. What's going to happen?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • hph

      Are you an Arab? or just a garden-variety American bigot?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJB

      Then move to the Middle East you Bigoted idiot.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lucky

    hey FUN SIZE maybe you need to read what separation of church and state actually means???

    May 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The church needs to pay taxes like everyone else?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    Gee this must a be a surprise to everyone since he wanted gays to stay in the military. FOX fans have come on to adt disappointed. If you won't vote for him because of this one thing you were not a true Obama supporter anyway.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lucky

    obama is a man/boy not fit to lead this nation

    May 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LarkJr. Globetrotter Ballin

    President Obama was my Senator and I didn't vote for him then nor did I vote for him for President, however I always still respected him as a man with solid integrity and values.

    He lost my respect today!

    May 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arizona Buckeye

      I'm sure that really bothers him!

      May 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James

    What's traditional marriage to you?
    Getting married then a quickie divorce 6 months later when the going gets tough?
    50% of all marriages today end in divorce. Something like 80% of first time marriages end in divorce. When marriage traditionalists resolve that problem, then you can start talking about 'traditional' marriage being the only way.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. KB

    There's a separation of church and state for a reason. Let two consenting adults (regardless of their plumbing) have equal protection and equal rights under the law. Let a sacred union be between those two people and their church, synagogue, coven, temple, or whatever.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    @James do not forget that 79% of abortions are by people with religious backgrounds.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TC

    Why are they even allowed to vote on something like this?
    If, for example, in North Carolina they were given the chance to vote on a law that would allow christians or whites more pay than say athiests, muslims or blacks of course they would vote yes and give it approval to become law.
    Some things just aren't meant to be put to public vote.
    Equality is one of them.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I think it should be challenged to whether it violates the gays rights.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JC

    North Carolina: a state that once banned interracial marriage for all its "evils" too. So much for the land of the free.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Aaargh

    So our pres. is telling Christians that he doesn't agree with God (and he claims to be Christian). That's shaky ground. Sad day for America when our supposed leader vacates the high moral ground. Major FLIP-FLOP! Of course he prefers the term 'evolve". He's evolving all right – into something less and less every day. All 30 states that have put the issue to voters have said NO to gay marriage. Hopefully there will be enough smart voters in November to say NO to Obama in order to stop his continuous efforts to drag America down.

    Gay marriage does not equal marriage. Civil unions that include the same rights as married couples (minus adoption) should be enough.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim in PA

      Jesus was clearly against executions. Why do conservatives go against the will of God on this issue?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seraphim0

      Why? Because gays are somehow lessor people who don't deserve to get married? Clean up your own house before criticizing someone else's. How many religious oriented couples get divorced? How many have affairs? How many don't go to church every sunday or work on the sabbath? If you want strict adherence to every word in an ancient book, then you should adhere to ALL of them. No clothes for any reasons but to cover yourself (which means your mega preachers you listen to oh, so foundly would have to give up the expensive cars and wardrobes). No tattoos. No working on sundays (or youget stoned to death), etc, etc.

      Christianity is ridiculously hypocritical.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim in PA

    Lots of nervous closeted conservatives commenting here today...

    May 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
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