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WASHINGTON, DC (ABC NEWS) — President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.

In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told Roberts, in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday. Excerpts of the interview will air tonight on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”

The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own. But he said he’s confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with gays and lesbians getting married, citing his own daughters’ comfort with the concept.

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  • Justin America

    Oh, enlightened one. Please tell me. How did we get here? BTW, God also said that in the very last days there would be scoffers asking when will He return? And saying; Everything has been the same since the beginning. They will be willfully ignorant of the World that was destroyed by the flood (Evolutionist / public schools) and that this current World is reserved for a fiery judgment for non-believers. Good to know.

  • Sans

    I can’t stand Romney, but I can not vote for Obama this year as I did in 2008. Not after this.

  • Guest CommonTater

    Good one there smiley…. Our Flip-Flopper in Chief hasn’t a clue. One and done!

  • Guest2020

    Having someone who is not your next of kin make medical decisions for you is as simple as filing a Medical Power of Attorney. And if I am not mistaken anyone you designate in a HIPAA form can receive information from your medical care staff.

  • Das Weibstück

    This matters why? A lot of people know there are no gods and think with their own brains.

  • Das Weibstück

    I think he did last time. Hes always been pro choice which isnt conservative either.

  • Das Weibstück

    He IS your president. He was voted in by the majority just like Amendment 1 was. I have to deal with the amendment being law even tho I voted the other way.

  • Guesttenheimer

    Pedophiles and rapists are humans too, right? By obeserving the shift in forcing everyone to consider homosexuality as “socially acceptable” behavior, just how long will it be before the pedophiles and rapist demand their rights too.

    When the very basics of morality go out the window, it opens a lot of doors. The doors to Pandora’s box!

  • GuestReality

    He may be YOUR president now, but he’s certainly not mine anymore. He doesn’t represent anything that I truly believe in. Come November, my vote will be for the other guy.

  • Guestsmiley

    Our president has more Christian values than his republican counterparts. Love for ALL humanity.

  • Guest7969

    you could always pack up and MOVE to one of the 10 states or so left that don’t have this on the books.

  • GuestUnhappy

    The Bible teaches love, but not homosexual “love”. To God, it’s an abomination and it’s unnatural. No matter how much “society” changes, and no matter how many people accept gay marriage, according to God’s Word, He will NEVER accept it. Period.

  • Guest5555555

    What he did was stupid. He can’t win without the conservative vote.

  • GuestReality

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Gay marriage isn’t about love and wanting to get married to seal any bond; it’s about money and getting better benefits. In the long run, it’s going to cost taxpayers a fortune. Mark my words.

  • Living in NC

    Just because I don’t condone the way someone lives doesn’t mean I don’t love them. I have a close friend who is gay and I love them, but I don’t agree with their lifestyle. I believe what the bible says and will indeed let God do the judging. Yes God loves everyone but doesn’t but hates sin. Do we all sin? Of course. But the point is to turn away from sin and ask forgiveness. You can’t continually do wrong and just expect to be forgiven, we are called to repent from sin, to turn away from it. When we fail, we ask for forgiveness, but we should not blatantly sin just because we believe “Oh it’s OK, God will forgive if I ask.”

  • Guesttenheimer

    …and denounces his own country to the world calling us “arrogant”. Why would anyone be surprised at this statement? He follows the muslims and is nothing of the “Christian” he professes to be! Thank you “first time minority voters looking for free stuff” for putting this person into the position of leading our country! What a slap in the face to America this man has been!!!

  • not surprized

    I now have something that I can support Obama on….as leader of the GAYS! May he be dressed in his rainbow attire. I guess the closet door
    has been snatched off it’s hinged by his partner in the WH BIDEN.

  • Guest7373

    dont like this state and what the majority stand for … MOVE!!!

  • johndecker910

    I applaud the President. Well done, Sir.

    What he did was very brave.

  • ray

    It is about time…..living in NC in a same sex relationship for the past 14 yrs, we have been denied rights to make medical decisions for each other when one might not be able to. We have been lucky enough for both to work for a company, Interstate Hotels and Resorts, that is so progressive, that we were both able to claim one and other as dependents, and give each other medical insurance coverage. With such coverage when I was admitted to the hospital this weekend in complete renal failure, my partner was able to receive information about my care, but was not able to assist in making decisions as to my care. the people at New Hanover Regional Medical Center recognized our partnership and gave my partner full discloser and includrd him in all decisons that needed to be made. The staff at NHRMC need to be commended for their recognition of our relationship, no one batted an eye when I proclaimed Perry as my “partner”. My Doctors spoke to him directly when I was a bit fuzzy, the nurses did as well, and formed a bond between him and me. We may have had this attention because of our insurance coverage, but I do not think so, what we experienced was a true validation of our 14 yr relationship by the professionals at NHRMC. If we were actually able to quote Beyonce “put a ring on it”, we would. We ARE a couple and have been for 14 years, we are lucky enough to work for a company that recognizes our relationship, but wish that he stae we live in would.

  • Annoy

    I am at times utterly ashamed to call myself a resident of NC. The people here are prejudiced in more ways than one. They either hate minorities or gays or better yet both!!!

    We are all humans with no room to judge anyone for what they do. They want to use the bible as a crutch for their bigotry. The bible also teaches LOVE.

    So people we shld just love one another and let Jesus do the judging.


  • KeithJudd2012

    Will someone please tell me what the difference is between “flip-flopping” and “evolving”? Oh…that’s right, party affiliation. Thanks for another unbiased news story.

  • Poof

    North Carolina…You can marry your cousin, just not your gay cousin.

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