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ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: President voices support of gay marriage

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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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This will cost you...

Obama~ "amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president." Yes Mr. President, cave in. Don't stand up for what you believe. This is the best news the Republicans have heard in years.

Truman's most famous quote "The buck stops here"
Obama's "It's Bush's fault"

It's official

Well, it's official. Obama just lost my vote. I was on the fence before, but now I have NO doubt.

Lost one from you, gained one from me

I was strongly leaning Romney, that is until now. I will definitely be voting FOR Obama now. I will not cast my vote for Republicans when they place discrimination as one of their leading party platforms.

LOL

You think the Democrats are FOR you...LOL..your so cute....they are for the CHILDREN..but want late term abortion...they are for women and womens rights and support Muslim countries who follow sharia law...they are for the minority...but passed laws AGAINST equal rights...

They are for ANYONE stupid enough to believe what is coming out of their mouths and will vote for them...

Amen

Amen, Guest7969. I couldn't have said it better myself.

That's OK

That's OK...my husband's vote will cancel yours out again. I could include my grown children, my parents, my aunts and uncles, etc., but I think you get the gist of it.

What a load of crap

Liar, Liar, Koran on fire! How many times is this President going to flip-flop on issues? What a complete and utter ignorant leader and an embarrassment to this great country.

Move!!

If it bothers you so much.. Remember; this is a free country.. Move out of the country!! That's if you have a passport..

crapola

I suppose Romney hasn't flip-flopped on EVERY issue already.

Romnobamama

And Romney has Joseph Smith's brilliant book of mormon. BTW, if the angels name was Moroni, shouldn't this group be called the Morons? Anyway... it just keeps getting gooder and gooder.

Are you dim?

This isn't a story about Romney, this is about President Obama.

Bright

It is if I want it to be or did you forget about free speech.

LOL

There is NO free speech on this board...it's moderated. In addition...it's called etiquette...I know that's a big word, but you can look it up... GOOGLE is your friend

Etiquette

Obviously, you know very little about etiquette and is evidenced by your post.

Also ignorant is ...

... bringing the Koran into this issue. In case you havn't heard yet, the President's not a Muslim.

What a completely ignorant and embarrassing thing to post.

LOL

Not Quite Sure

He may not be a Muslim, but he doesn't seem to be a Chritian either, or he wouldn't support abortion and gay marriage. Not quite sure what he is, but I know what he isn't. He won't be losing the election come November; he lost it yesterday.