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. Name*daniel

    Its a wrong and unhealthy way of trying to win a second term vote. It is better to say the truth and build up treasures for yourself in heaven than to gain the whole world and loose your soul, Obama should remember that God is watching!

    May 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    Where are the polygamists when you need them?

    May 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. genomega1

    Who cares what he thinks? He would sell his wife for a vote.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mardi Gras

    Oh, for goodness sake! The country isn't going to spontanously combust because the two lifelong "roomates" down the street get married! What the heck does it have to do with YOU? Nothing! Don't sit there and get all bent out of shape because it's against God's laws...don't marry a gay person then!!! And for all of you bloody Obama bashers, saying he is doing this as a campaign ploy....rubbish! He hasn't been actively campaigning....but of course every bama basher has to paint whatever he says in the worst possible way!! He could freaking walk on water and you haters would STILL find a way be beat down the man!
    I'm no Obama lover myself, but honestly, you foks that bash just go out of the wy to act so contemptable...grow the heck up!

    May 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • janey

      mardi gras you make my day. wish there were more people able to see beyond their own personal prejudices and personal belief systems ...

      May 10, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • peggy

      Love your thoughtful and considerate post.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?!?

      Well said!

      May 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ted M.

    I am proud of my President this day.
    He did something that makes excellent sense in favor of Civil Rights and Equal Rights under the Supreme Law of these United States, and that Supreme Law is not the Bible, but the Constttution.
    And he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Constttution. His Oath of Office is all about the Constttution.
    And so he did his job very very well this day. He fulfilled a part of his Duty to this country. To We The People.
    I am still waiting for him to do more, though. He inherited a lot of bad stuff from the previous administration.
    But today I celebrate his willingness to do what's right for some very oppressed Citizens. Good job, Mr. President!
    I salute you!

    May 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Bravissimo President Obama!
    Thank you for doing the right thing.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      ...more like baloney and rotten tomatoes

      May 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. supertamsf

    It's never the wrong time to do the right thing. Obama/Biden 2012!!

    May 10, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • walt1948

      Fat Chance !

      May 10, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Diane Stade

    I think the same song that was played when Mr. and Mrs. Obama came out on stage at the inaugural ball she be played with Mr Obama telling his opinion on gay marriage. There are so many smart people in the world that I just do not understand why the people who have problems with it comes from God ,when we all have one god and My God is all love

    May 10, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. aaa

    Exactly how is his personal opinion going to change anything?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Missionary

    America is fallen away from the foundations of its founding fathers... shame! leading the world towards more and more ungodliness.

    May 10, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Elaine

      For those of you who claim to believe in God: do you think He is restricted to creating humans by putting female spirits in female bodies and male spirits in male bodies only? My infinite God created humans by also putting female spirits in male bodies and male spirits in female bodies. If you think otherwise, you are shallow and finite and deny God His creation by calling anything in it Evil or Wrong. Remember Galatians 3:28. Shame on you to claim you believe in the Bible and think you know God. It's not a religious issue; it's a moral issue that concerns Human Rights!

      May 10, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Raj Alexander

    Its a great political move, I am sure it will get him the votes and may even win him the election but as for me my household we would rather be in the minority with Jesus proclaim his name than with the majority and Mr.President.

    Jesus replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

    Matthew 19:4-6

    May 10, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Who is trying to seperate man and wife, get real. I pay just as much taxes as the next person and deserve and should have the right to partake in every law that the others do.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      You have no right to use the bible to deny others thier right. Until you totally live by the bible yourself, go ahead read it and live it.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Carol

    I am disappointed in the presidents choice to change our tradition and heritage. I believe all people should be who they are and that to be equal but no one should erase our family as we and our fore fathers know it. Perhaps those smart people should come up with something else anything else not this. I am imbarassed

    May 10, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. John

    He just lost my families and friends vote.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. J C

    How low do you go for a vote.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Faith

    after 10 years, if his own daughters say that they are gay to him, how would he feel about it?

    May 10, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • peggy

      He would love and stand by them. After all, he does love them and believes in the love of God.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
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