Wednesday, May 9, 2012

President Obama Announces Support For Gay Marriage

President Obama has finally "evolved." Speaking today to ABC's Robin Roberts, he made an unequivocal statement of support for gay marriage. The announcement introduces a complete contrast with presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who favors a Constitutional amendment forbidding same-sex marriage. Obama's stance will be embraced by all who believe in equal rights and equal protection under the law. Watch:

OBAMA: I’ve stood on the side of broader equality for the LGBT community. I'd hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient ...I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word ‘marriage’ was something that evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth. But 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.

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