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Obama: I Support Same-Sex Marriage [POLL]

President Obama becomes first active commander-in-chief to champion gay marriage

In a historic moment Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama voiced support for same-sex marriage, becoming the first sitting commander-in-chief to do so.

Over the past few years, Obama had said his views on the issue were "evolving," but never expressed open support—just the belief that gays and lesbians should have access to the same civil rights as married couples.

But today—on the heels of a state ammendment in North Carolina that outlaws gay marriage—Obama spoke in support of same-sex marriage with ABC News.

(Watch the clip here.)

"I've just concluded that for me personally it is important to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," he said.

Obama noted staff members and soldiers he knows who are in committed, same-sex relationships with children were an impetus for his change of heart.

Obama's stance is one several in his party and administration have recently championed. Vice-president Joe Biden announced earlier this week while on Meet the Press that he is comfortable with gay marriage.

After Obama's statement, senator Nita Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester) soon echoed his stance.

"I have been blessed to have a long and happy marriage," she said. "I strongly believe all Americans deserve that same opportunity."

Conservative NYer May 11, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Brilliant quote Mary...for all! http://video.staged.com/dtglobal59/tennessee_football_coach_fired_for_making_obama_so
tom bosco May 15, 2012 at 09:21 PM
If you think Social Security is broke now just wait. Each partner (average of 4 per year) will be entitled to spousal and suvivors benifits.
WR May 16, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Social Security isn't "broke", so it's a non-point. Anyone paying into it - married or not - is supposed to obtain their share of the future benefits, regardless. Are you saying that it's fair to make people who happen to be gay not allow their benefits to be routed to their significant other after they pass on? That is, gay folks are not equal to non-gay folks, so not deserving of the same benefits?
Pat Gharet May 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I encourage all of you who hope to save tradtional marriage to join me in urging our representatives to outlaw divorce and enforce the laws against infidelity. Only when we punish those hypocrites who make a mockery of this sacred bond, can we preserve marriage and the family.
mimi May 16, 2012 at 11:26 PM
You call this "progress"??? Those of you who even try to equate this with women's or black's rights are insulting. There is absolutely no comparison to what blacks went through!!!

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