Obama Backs Gay Marriage [With Poll]

The president told ABC News that his thinking had "evolved" on the subject. How do you feel about his decision?

The day after voters in North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman, President Obama told ABC News on Wednesday that he now supports gay marriage.

The president — who still supports letting states decide the issue on their own — said his personal views had gone through an "evolution" based on conversations with family and friends and the views of his own daughters.

"They are much more comfortable with it," the president told Robin Roberts in an interview to be shown on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday. Excerpts will air tonight on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer."

”You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples," Obama said in the interview. "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.”

How do you feel about Obama's change of heart? Take our poll and tell us more in the comments.

Mark Blore May 09, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I think Mitt Romney just won the 2012 election...
Phil Dunn May 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM
At least now when Obama accuses Romney of being a flip flopper he speaks from a position of authority on the subject.
MAC May 10, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Obama is only "coming out" with this view now as a political calculation, because LGBT activists have more than the average income available to contribute to his campaign. "Marriage" is naturally defined and understood for millennia, around the world in pretty much all cultures, as the "union of a man and a woman." There is nothing discriminatory about that. And citizens of NC, now the 30th state to do so, have simply affirmed that foundational, time-honored definition of society's--and a nation's--most critically important institution. That is what most Americans recognize, and how they vote, when given the opportunity. We in CT were denied that opportunity, and don't even have the legal right under our state Constitution to have Voter Referendums/Initiatives as they do in most states. Again, voters in North Carolina did not vote to "ban gay marriage." They voted to affirm and protect society's most foundational institution from being redefined by activists using the courts.
john May 10, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Good for the prez and good for the country. Time to stop the bigotry-live and let live. Why should LGBT folks have fewer rights than any other citizen?
Justin May 10, 2012 at 04:38 AM
"Again, voters in North Carolina did not vote to "ban gay marriage." They voted to affirm and protect society's most foundational institution from being redefined by activists using the courts." Well MAC, I hate to break it to you. But scapegoating gays as a "threat" to traditional marriage is pathetic. America has the highest divorce rate of any nation (4.5 per 1,000 people). Celebrities and their fly-by-night marriages certainly epitomize the sanctity of marriage. Drive-thru wedding chapels are absolutely reflective of the careful consideration behind a couple's commitment to marriage. Marriage is not about gender, or reproduction, or religion. From a governmental prospective, it is about social equity. Two loving, consenting adults have the right to have their fidelity recognized. To disallow marriage equality by reason of fear, hatred, and malicious lies is sickening. If you are so concerned about marriage as the most foundational institution, here's some friendly advice. Try to contain your homophobia, and focus on real and present threats to marriage: poverty, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness. Because when I do decide to get married, I will fill out the paperwork, hold a ceremony, and under Connecticut law, I will be married. A man and a man. And the world will continue to be revolve, life will go on, and correct me if I'm wrong, but your life will be unaffected. Whatever problems you may have, they are not our's, but yours.
Ann C. Jett May 10, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I applaud the President's decision to speak out in support of civil and humanitarian rights because that's what support for GAY MARRIAGE is. Wake up and take a look at a calendar. It's too bad that people are and will continue to get this twisted - it's not a political issue. It's a matter of equal rights and equal protection. North Carolina's ban against gay marriage shows just how far the South has come since the Civil War. If some Southern politicians could figure out how to do it, they would likely reinstitute slavery. I'll play devil's advocate and say that the same supporters of the ban on gay marriage weren't celebrating the day Obama was elected. Now more than ever the President needs the support of the Democratic constituency. He has gone out on a long and shaky limb to show the world who he really is and is being excoriated for it. Justin - I applaud your post and thoroughly support it. Unfortunately you need more than 2 working brain cells to be able to understand it and those who would be most educated by it are 2 brain cells short.
john May 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Mac, you know what else has been defined and understood for millennia around the world and in all cultures? Slavery- which may possibly pre-date marriage. So-by your logic i guess we should still have slavery?
James Majiwa May 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Obama has gone crazy. He knows he is not going to be married to another boy and cares less when his lovely daughters do not marry men with whom to beget children.What does Michelle say on this
Jessica Davis May 13, 2012 at 05:30 PM
"If some Southern politicians could figure out how to do it, they would likely reinstitute slavery. " That's a very presumptuous and dangerous statement Mrs. Jett. Also, when were we allowed to personally attack people on this forum? Especially by a paid blogger here... Let me ask you this Miss Jett; Do you support adults marrying children? Because that is quite normal and accepted in many cultures and countries - why do we discriminate against that here?
D May 19, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Don't u think all people deserve to be treated equally, James?


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