Obama Comes Out For Gay Marriage, Finally
1 year ago
President takes a position on an issue he was continually "evolving" on.
President Barack Obama put speculation to rest on Wednesday by coming out in support of same sex marriage.
In an interview taped for Thursday broadcast on ABC's Good Morning America, Obama said he finally came to his senses about gay marriages.
From an ABC News report:
"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 (Robin) Roberts, in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday.
The Republican Party has already begun to respond to the president's revelation.
"While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party and our presumptive nominee Mitt Romney have been clear. We support maintaining marriage between one man and one woman and would oppose any attempts to change that," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
While campaigning in Oklahoma City, OK, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made a statement on the president's ABC interview.
"I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor," Romney told reporters. "I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman."
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