US president Barack Obama declares support for gay marriage

ABC News' Robin Roberts (left) interviews US President Barack Obama at the White House 9 May 2012

 

  • Barack Obama has become the first American president to back same-sex marriage. Mitt Romney, the Republican who’s set to challenge him for the White House promptly said he was against gay marriage.

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.”

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.
“It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” the president continued. “You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same sex equality or, you know,  believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”

Roberts asked the president if First Lady Michelle Obama was involved in this decision. Obama said she was, and he talked specifically about his own faith in responding.

“This is something that, you know, we’ve talked about over the years and she, you know, she feels the same way, she feels the same way that I do. And that is that, in the end the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, you know, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president.”

Previously, Obama has moved in the direction of supporting same-sex marriage but has consistently stopped short of outright backing it. Instead, he’s voiced support for civil unions for gay and lesbian couples that provide the rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples, though not defined as “marriage.” At the same time, the president has opposed efforts to ban gay marriage at the state level, saying that he did not favor attempts to strip rights away from gay and lesbian couples.

US Vice President Joe Biden pronounced himself “absolutely comfortable” with allowing same-sex couples to wed.

-ABC news

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20 Comments

  • President OBAMA must be a beast trying 2destroy d whole world; for all his affirm is -ve always. Behold! What he’s planning to approve is a sin b4 God, and it’s because of this same sin that God choosed to destroy Sodom$Gomorrah. It won’t work 4U OBAMA! U beta stop those stupid affirm b4 it become 2late 4U. Signed: Arch Angel michael.

  • how are they going to b focking talk of having children.any way e’beta pass sex after death as islam proclaim.

  • It is unfortunate a christain who call himselfing practising christain will surport same sex marriage. President Barak Oboma you got it wrong. It is unbiblical and it is a sin. Don’t support sin and do not aid others to commit sin.

  • OMG. This is so disgusting. I don’t even know how to describe it. No religion ever in this world would support this. It’s beyond… Ya Allah don’t give them the opportunity to do this. Ya Allah pour YOUR Wrath upon whoever support this.

  • I think it d best b4, but 4 him saying same sex marriage accepted. It first us president dat wil make bad record or history

  • I thought obama is smbdy, bt it is quite unfotunate dat he could be proud 2 say dat he suport same-sex marriage, God forbid evil. My brethren christians wise up and remember what bible told us let no man decive u, be committed 2 our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Remember day of sodom and gomora. May GOD save his children.

  • Is not his fault,,he is jΰ‎​‎​§ƭ fulfilling the prophecys of jesus,,,these are the last days friends..

  • An excerpt of worlds end,i will Like 2use this medium to tell d world dat almost evryone in power now were nt in religion bt under d shade of religion,they were hypocrites and pretenders.NOTE(I said almost)may God show 2dem dat his wrath n nt warning

  • I’m definately dissappointed in him obama, he supported this to win the upcoming election… To gain support from the lesbian and gay in the upcoming election, the population of gay and lesbian in U.S is considerable… Which is very bad as a christain which he proclaim to be

  • Obama is simply tryin to get support 4rm d gays durin election, cos i dont one in his senses wld support such an evil act

  • I am highly dissapointed in Obama, how will he said such a sinful word. GOD, show Obama mercy. ” WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT OBAMA TO GAIN THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN AND LOSE HEAVEN”. Mr. obama, please repent!

  • Truely Obama is one of d great Agent of d Anti-Christ who has shown himself as the First Black US President. Christians be Careful and be Wise. The End-TIME has Come

  • Obama dis is a big shame. Dats y whites hate blacks(we cn do anything jst 4 fame n money). Many musicians dat r freemasionic r black includin d shamless obama

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