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. Tom

    Aw! His little daughters changed his mind.... I wonder what they think about the economy or foreign policy????

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

      Tom: That the economy is improving, gas prices are dropping, stock values are raising, and he's got a image a hundred times better than bush around the world?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • hph

      i'm guessing they're better educated about most subjects than you are, Tom.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • gingersrule1

      I'm glad someone has a sense of humor here. You're a funny guy Tom. You remind me of Year One. You should have been a character in that movie.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenn Rivera

      Wow, this sounds like a sore defeated supposed thinker...this is about "gay marriage"...I'm sure when he is talking about foreign policy he talks about "it"...

      May 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sigh

      Out of Tom, Dick and Harry, I don't think that you are Tom.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      TWO WORDS.... FLIP-FLOP

      May 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      TWO WORDS... RIGHT – LEFT?

      May 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      TWO WORDS... BLACK-WHITE?

      May 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Answers to your questions Romney, boots on republicans, and some of the colors that vote. Thanks for showing your colors.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr.Techno

    I would love to see amendments & addendums for divorce.Lets see some real change in the divorce rate!.
    Heteros get married for 15 minutes,No one seems to care...!!

    May 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • why stay in a bad marriage?

      why would you want people to stay in a bad marriage? what if they both find out it's not that great? maybe marriage itself will become outdated?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    Some of you people make me sick.

    The sooner we totally rid religion from politics the sooner we will get this country back on track. This is a human right to marry who you want to marry. If two people are in love who are you to say they can't get married? Just because you have your face burried in the bible or some other religious text does not mean we need it shoved down our throats. Continue on with your archaic beliefs. Just remember, this isn't 200 AD and the Earth does revolve around the Sun.

    And "Lucky", I think you should quit posting comments while you are ahead. You are sounding like a real bafoon.

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

      I agree 100%!!! TAXS THE CHURCHES! They want to tell "everyone" how to live, TAX THEM!!! They need to take their noses out of non-followers noses. All religions! Are they that insecure about the end that they have to correct everything here? That only shows their distrust in a happy afterlife. Proof! Get out of people lives and stick to what you do best: prayer – or talking to yourself.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOHNCHASE1

      AMEN to that!!

      May 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Obama Rules

    Along with our "right of democracy" comes a right of freedom. And when one group prevents another group from enjoying equal rights, their "right to freedom" is denied. This is called oppression. And at that point, it is no longer a true democracy. It is an autocracy in democracy's clothing.

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

      Why not just eliminate the definition of marriage altogether? Why does it concern the government? Treat people as individuals and the problem goes away entirely. What about the rights of single people? Why should they be treated any different than married couples, gay or straight? Maybe the poster above is right, maybe the idea of marriage is antiquated.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I agree! Why should I pay more taxes cuz im single??? Hmmm!

      May 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOHNCHASE1

      Our government has become a 2 party dictatorship.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    No he is telling christians should be tolerent and not pretend to be god and judge others, or a way you do not understand. At least he has balls.

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

      so does Michelle, lol

      May 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • gingersrule1

      Right arm Scottish Mama. I like you. Ignorance begets fear and fear begets oppression and oppression leads to revolution no matter what the cost. Or haven't we learned?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Changing the love laws.

    Changing the love laws. Who can love who and how much?

    May 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JoeCorrao

    its a political move not a moral move...we kill civilians in other countries while we argue this stuff...GVT has no right to be in the marriage business thats the issue.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Yup he's sucking up, so to speak, to the GLTranny voters.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. blank

    This is Sodom and Gomorah before us.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      And that's the TRUTH.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gingersrule1

    It is very very good to hear that another form of discrimination is being thrown out of our government. Unless we intend to make being
    gay illegal we have no right to stop anyone from getting married that are of the age limit. As Americans we need to be willing to look at things from an outside perspective to make sure freedoms are not being taken away and discrimination isn't being allowed by a government that purports to protect and promote freedom.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Amen..to that, and also to Smith and Wesson. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. Sweet Jesus

      May 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. steelcoyot

    Something else the Teaparty will ride till November. If he doesn't get his stuff together and get the youth to vote again then he can all but kiss his second term good bye.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SF (non-hippie)

    For the record, this is not a flip-flop; it's just a flip, which is completely permissible in the political realm. It shows us that our politicians are taking the needs of our dynamic country into consideration and looking out for our best interests instead of their own agendas. If you read Obama's justification for this shift, it proves that he is a logical thinker and doesn't plan to flop any time soon.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • gingersrule1

      Are you discriminating against hippies? I think hippies should be allowed to marry. LOL.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. youngzy

    is quite unfortunate dat our world isbecoming a worłd of endless possibility. our government also supports evil. God help us

    May 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cammie

      It's quite unforunate you don't know how to spell or use correct grammer when criticize someone else.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @cammie,tell him to take his time,proof reading is an art,take care....And to all you hypocritical republicans out there,he did what I told he'd do,and yes he is a thoughtful president.Romneys tongue unfortunately is out of service at this time ,getting a tune up so he can flip flop again in style..A perfect example for a republican,but give him a break,he has the stigma of being not only a Mormon,but also as a republican,such a heavy cross to bare.....

      May 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve- Illinois

    6 months before an election, polls show race is dead even, Obama has "revelation" on gay marriage!

    It's almost comical!

    Remember the immigration promises he made to get the Hispanic vote in '08?
    He really put forth the effort on that one! LOL!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MG

    It is sad that even though President Obama inherited the country in a dilapidated state he is still blamed for all of our problems. The national debt isn't his problem and he is blamed, the economy was messed up by Bush, and he is supporting gay unions and is getting flack for that too. It is obvious that he is criticized and downed cause he is black. As far as it being a political tactic for him to endorse gay marriage; I believe that is wrong. I feel that he is genuinely supportive of it. I am too. Its not who you can marry, it is what marriage stands for. People get over it, times have changed we live in a new era.

    May 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jj

    it's only the third time Obama has flip flopped on the issue...

    May 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
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