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Obama Endorses Same-Sex Marriage: Do You?

President made historic pronouncement during ABC News interview

In a landmark statement, President Barack Obama has become the first president to state his support for same-sex marriage.

Obama gave the news to ABC News' Robin Roberts in an interview that will air on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday.

"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.

The news comes just days after Vice President Joe Biden said he supports gay marriage.

In New Jersey, same-sex marriage advocates are rejoicing.

"I am overwhelmed with tears of joy, as our millions of other LGBT people and our millions of allies across America,” said Garden State Equality's Chair Steven Goldstein. “We will remember for the rest of our lives where we were when we heard the sitting president of the United States say he supports marriage equality.

"Today’s announcement by the president is of particular importance to those of us fighting in New Jersey and everywhere else marriage equality is up for grabs. No longer will opponents such as Gov. Chris Christie be able to take cover by saying, 'Why are you going after me? My opposition to marriage equality is simply the same view as that of our President.' That political cover is now thrown into dustbin of history parked outside the archives of prejudice, collecting its rhetorical trash."

U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) praised Obama’s statement.

"President Obama's support for marriage equality marks an important moment for civil rights in America. We simply can not treat same-sex couples as second-class citizens in our country. Marriage equality is one of the most significant civil rights battles of our time and is critical to guaranteeing the equal protection under the law promised to every American in the Constitution. The President's support for marriage equality should inspire Congress, governors and state legislatures to advance civil rights for all Americans." 

Last year, Lautenberg joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and others to introduce legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.  

The "Respect for Marriage Act” would repeal DOMA and restore the rights of all lawfully married couples – including tens of thousands of same-sex couples – to receive the benefits of marriage under federal law.  

Mrgrumpass May 14, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Spooner the only real + for Romney is that he has a business background when he adds 2+2 it equals 4 when BHO adds 2+2 is seem to come out a in the minus area.
Spooner May 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Mrgrumpass: there both phonies...Obama with his change. . .and Romney, the Harvard Business educated flip-flopper! You have Romney who changes his song and dance routine to any way the wind happens to be blowing. . .and Obama. . . well we've seen what he's about? Please don't give me your partisan pleadings. . .I'm bored with them!
CR May 14, 2012 at 09:46 PM
"Its a shame all your money cant buy you some class and respect"- Ant-nee I wouldn't spend a red cent for your brand of "class". As for respect, gaining or presenting my own has no monetary value because it must be earned- something the progressive entitlement crowd has absolutely no concept of.
Mrgrumpass May 16, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The definition of Bigot Bigoted person ; especially: a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group You call me bigot when I only stated several times that I don’t agree you all seem to fit the definition fare better then I. If you go back to my first contribution here there was no hate in it. Read them before you point out hatred.
Resident of Lacey May 23, 2012 at 01:32 AM
For the record I do not have a problem with a gay, black, female and bipolar president, I simply do not feel the current holder of the office if fit for the task and he has proven it time and time again. To pass / support unconstitutional laws that would force people to enter into commerce? To pass / support laws that will continue erode our freedoms? Wake up! I sure don't want another four years of what we have had the last four. My opinion is of the man's actions not has race, creed, color or religion. Frankly I am afraid of what he will try to break next, perhaps the internet? Oh wait he has and still is working on that one. “A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!” ― Thomas Jefferson

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