ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: President voices support of gay marriage


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Submitted: Wed, 05/09/2012 - 8:04pm
Updated: Thu, 05/10/2012 - 12:40pm
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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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47 Comments on "ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: President voices support of gay marriage"


Living in NC
2015 years 8 months ago

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.”

GuestReality
2015 years 8 months ago

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.

Guest5555555
2015 years 8 months ago

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

GuestUnhappy
2015 years 8 months ago

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.

Guest7969
2015 years 8 months ago

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