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What Do You Think of Obama's Support for Gay Marriage?

Tell Patch your thoughts on the President's backing of same-sex marriage.

Barack Obama on Wednesday became the first sitting president in history to announce his support for same-sex 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,” Mr. Obama said. Obama told ABC news during a sit-down interview.

The hot-button issue made headlines earlier this week when North Carolina passed an amendment that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The president said he was disappointed with the state's decision, but had yet to publically announce his support for it. With political pressure intensified, the White House quickly scheduled the sit-down interview.

"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," he said.

Once a proponent of civil-unions, the president said that much of his decision to endorse the legalization of same-sex marriage came from coversations with his family.

“It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” he went on to say. “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.”

What do you think of the president's support of gay marriage? Share your thoughts in the poll or comment section below.

Helene Marcley May 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I think the way your neighbors have reacted to your family is great and as it should be. I still think that the announcement was a political move and everyone should look at the President's entire record and not just one thing before voting.
Michael Goldstein May 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM
It makes me wonder if the President is "On The Down Low"
philip russo May 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM
The president already has the gay vote. How many Romney supporters do you think he is stealing away with this statement? Obama's record on gay rights is impeccable - he repealed don't ask, don't tell, and signed the Matthew Sheperd law making it a hate crime to assault homosexuals. Amongst other things. My only criticism - it's 3 years overdue.
MOTHER TIME May 11, 2012 at 05:02 PM
This President avoles and the Govnor flip flops. This President is the same senator who voted present over 100 times as the Jr.Senator. He came out in favor of gay marriage for any other, than he felt a political advavtage.The day before there was a vote in one stateto ban gay marriage and he came all out for gay marriage the very next day. Please don"t make me laugh! Lets see the thought process was(I will most likely lose the electioin but I have to say this.) Be it votes or money He thought it would serve him well. Mother Time
Tre May 12, 2012 at 03:03 AM
i am all for his support on same sex marriages but everything else out of his mouth is bull, so this probably is also.. he is politically motivated.. everyone should vote on what he has said and actually accomplished, rather than the fact that he is all of a sudden in favor of same sex marriages..

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