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. Jasie

    FlipFlop.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Safe in Texas

      AMEN!! He is once again diverting attention from the economy!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JB

    Yippie!! Way to go OBAMA!!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roger smith

    he claimed to be a born again christian i guess he lied. he only said it to get elected. hes a proven liar. a say anything politician to get elected.

    no real xtian supports gay marriage as being gay is a sin.

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

      When did you choose to be heterose.xual?

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

      Obama I will not cast another vote in your favor this November 2012. Fooled me once, but you will not fool me twice. Dissapointed!

      May 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roderick Williams

    i AM SO PROUD.............

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

      I have supported you...... I have sang ur praises...... THANK YOU !!!!!!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. toi35

    That damn Biden! ...he put Obama in a bind with his dumb comment on Meet the Press, now Obama has to come out and say gays should get married when that is not whatt he really believes!!! I hate to say it, but there goes MOST of the black vote.
    F'n Biden!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Sometimes when I poop, my rectum hurts.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Edward

    If gays are now good enough to fight and die for their country, they are good enough to get married. The bigots won't like that but they aren't going to vote for Obama anyway.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Safe in Texas

      You got that right!

      May 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr Ed

    There should be no laws against gay marriage. If a church is open to marrying gay couples, they should be allowed to do so.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BlackDynamite

    "Gays should be just as miserable as everybody else........"

    – Barack Obama
    BD

    May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. koza dereza

    Yet another reason to not vote for Obama. Failed on family values. Failed on jobs. Failed on health-care. The SEALS don't like him. Failed on foreign policy....but if he had a son, he would look like a thug. EPIC FAIL

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

      Are you criticizing the first black President for saying that if he had a son... he would also be black?? Wow, some people will criticize Obama for anything at all.... What's next? Obama breathes too much air, sucking up all the oxygen. Holy crap.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • peggy

      Obama against family values? Are you for real? That man has the family thing right.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    So don't you think he would say the moon is made from cheese if he thought it would get him reelected?

    May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dla

    Just as Obama doesn't understand economics, he also doesn't understand the purpose for marriage. Not surprising – this is an election year.

    Obama in 2012? Seriously?

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

      Areed. Obama is clueless.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stephanie Brady

    Thank you Mr. President! Well said.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Christine

    Well I guess we can officially call president Me, Me a flip flopper!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Sixx

      Will you just shut up and stop posting stupid nonsense. I've seen you on here several times.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. clown

    Funny how all of his beliefs are "evolving" when he's up for re -election. Translation I'll say what ever I think people want to hear if it will get me more votes.

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