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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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Das Weibstück
2016 years 2 months ago

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.

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Guesttenheimer
2016 years 2 months ago

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!

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GuestReality
2016 years 2 months ago

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.

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Guestsmiley
2016 years 2 months ago

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

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Poof
2016 years 2 months ago

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

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