BREAKING: Obama Embraces Marriage Equality

 

Written by Igor Volsky

President Obama has come out in support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian people in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts this afternoon:

OBAMA: 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.

His endorsement comes less than a week after Vice President Joe Biden embraced the issue during an appearance on Meet The Press and a day after North Carolina banned marriage equality and civil unions in its state constitution.

The president last made news on the freedom to marry 560 days ago, when he told progressive journalists at the White House that he is evolving towards greater acceptance.

Obama’s remarks today bring him full circle to his position in 1996, when he was running for the Illinois state Senate. In response to a questionnaire from Chicago’s Outlines gay newspaper, he proclaimed, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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156 comments

Anna B.
Anna B.4 years ago

Also don't listen to Patrica D. We have accomplished voting in a third party once in history it can happen again. All we have to do is stand up against the dominance of the Democratic and Republican parties. If everyone who believes in family values voted third party and not for Obama or Romney because they think that other matters, that those candidates stand for, are more important we could accomplish voting a third party president into office for the second time in history. Please do not listen to antagonist who say voting for the third party is just throwing your vote away. Think of it this way. hypothetically would you cast your vote for someone who's views resemble that of Hitlers? (this is an example I'm not saying either candidate is Hitler) You know the end result so why would you vote for him?

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Anna B.
Anna B.4 years ago

Also don't listen Patrica D. We have accomplished voting in a third party once in history it can happen again. All we have to do is stand up against the dominance of the Democratic and Republican parties. If everyone who believes in family values voted third party and not for Obama or Romney because they think that other matters are more important we could accomplish voting a third party president into office for the second time in history. Please do not listen to antagonist who say voting for the third party is just throwing your vote away. Think of it this way. hypothetically would you cast your vote for someone who's views resemble that of Hitlers? (this is an example I'm not saying either candidate is Hitler) You know the end result so why would you vote for him?

Anna B.
Anna B.4 years ago

Also don't listen Patrica D. We have accomplished voting in a third party once in history it can happen again. All we have to do is stand up against the dominance of the Democratic and Republican parties. If everyone who believes in family values voted third party and not for Obama or Romney because they think that other matters are more important we could accomplish voting a third party president into office for the second time in history. Please do not listen to antagonist who say voting for the third party is just throwing your vote away. Think of it this way. hypothetically would you cast your vote for someone who's views resemble that of Hitlers? (this is an example I'm not saying either candidate is Hitler) You know the end result so why would you vote for him?

Anna B.
Anna B.4 years ago

Sheri D.

No, Jesus is the Answer.

Anna B.
Anna B.4 years ago

Sheri D.

No, Jesus is the Answer.

Patricia G.
Patricia Gal4 years ago

Those who say vote 3rd party accomplishes absolutely ZERO.....
There are basically 2 choices......Do your patriotic duty and VOTE and do so by making the best concerned choice for the well being of ALL AMERICANS.

Anna B.
Anna B.4 years ago

Actually both presidential candidates are for Marriage Equality. Obama is smart he knows not to attack Romney for saying he is for Family values when this isn't true. Romney was Governor when Massachusetts became the first state within the US to allow gay Marriage. No one is talking about this because if they did then people wouldn't vote for Obama again because he's making the promise for Gay marriage. However christian in-equality will begin if they ever pass gay marriage. Why because then business's in the marriage markets are Obligated to serve everyone because no one cares about the beliefs of Christian's all anyone cares about anymore is self gratification. however if you elect Obama then the worst that could happen is that we get Gay marriage, elect Romney and he's likely to open the polygamy debate if he runs for a second term. Any good Christian who has a firm foundation in Christ should vote third party.

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch4 years ago

We all, as citizens of the United States, have the RIGHT to marry, and with that, all the legal rights that come from that. Period!

Jane R.
Jane R.4 years ago

Only did it to get votes!

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin4 years ago

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdK5ETOJusw

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.