ProudProgressive 2012/05/09 19:20:20

BREAKING: Obama Embraces Marriage Equality
By Igor Volsky
May 9, 2012

President Obama has come out in support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian people in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts this afternoon:

OBAMA: 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.

His endorsement comes less than a week after Vice President Joe Biden embraced the issue during an appearance on Meet The Press and a day after North Carolina banned marriage equality and civil unions in its state constitution. During the interview, Obama stressed that he personally affirms same-sex marriage, but says the matter should be left to the individual states.

The president last made news on the freedom to marry 560 days ago, when he told progressive journalists at the White House that he is evolving towards greater acceptance.

Obama’s remarks today bring him full circle to his position in 1996, when he was running for the Illinois state Senate. In response to a questionnaire from Chicago’s Outlines gay newspaper, he proclaimed, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” You can thank President Obama for completing his evolution here.

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  • LayLady 2013/03/14 07:49:58
  • LayLady 2013/02/27 21:05:27 (edited)
    One-sided Conservatism is hundreds of years too old. Time to move on.
  • nofrills 2012/05/13 17:20:09
    all there is to say..'the power of darkness is all well and sound in this Republic! now you can reload and attack me ..and make your DAY!
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/05/12 17:22:05
    themadhare ~IJM
    So he's blowing more political wind.
  • Beccy 2012/05/12 16:58:56
    Obama is bisexual or a closet gay so why would his statement surprise me.
  • nofrills Beccy 2012/05/13 17:21:20
    can name the rest of the 'juicy stuff'?
  • Beccy nofrills 2012/05/15 00:51:06
  • nofrills Beccy 2012/05/15 02:36:09
    that was shockingggggggg!
  • wildbill Beccy 2012/05/15 17:41:24 (edited)

    Obama accuser has long rap sheet

    "Sinclair's biography, though, may get in the way of that pitch: Public records and court filings reveal that he has a 27-year criminal record, with a specialty in crimes involving deceit. The record includes forgery charges in two states, one of which drew Sinclair a 16-year jail sentence. The Pueblo County, Colo., Sheriff's Office also has an outstanding warrant for Sinclair's arrest for forging an acquaintance's signature and stealing her tax refunds. "

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/...
  • wildbill Beccy 2012/05/15 00:25:07
    The more dirt you throw the more ground you lose.
  • Beccy wildbill 2012/05/15 00:51:34
  • VICTORIA 2012/05/12 16:06:33 (edited)
  • melly~thwarting Satan since... 2012/05/12 15:55:42
  • VICTORIA 2012/05/11 16:47:47
  • Wahvlvke 2012/05/11 12:41:34
    The ultimate suck up to the abberations of nature and their quest for normalcy. That's a piece of libertard logic for you ... normal abnormality. Don't forget, 32 states have voted and 32 defeats have been handed to this foolishness.
  • Lee The Hybrid Snowflake 2012/05/11 12:40:47
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    He already said he supports gay marriage when he campaigned the first time, what I want to know is what he's going to do to change it? He had 3 and a half years to address it and nothing. I'm not going to get excited yet.
  • VICTORIA Lee The... 2012/05/11 16:45:45
    No, the president didn't say that he supported gay marriage when he campaigned.
  • Lee The... VICTORIA 2012/05/11 21:52:45
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    I can't be sure when but I'm sure I heard him say he supported gay marriage. I just want to know what he's going to do to change the law.
  • VICTORIA Lee The... 2012/05/11 23:20:55
    Well, other than this past week- never- you are probably confusing his support of civil unions for gays- which he did say in his campaign. I guess when Congress drafts a bill- he could sign it- but it's really on them.
  • Lee The... VICTORIA 2012/05/12 15:45:12
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    Well I hope they do and I hope he does!
  • VICTORIA Lee The... 2012/05/12 16:05:16
    Me too.
  • wildbill Lee The... 2012/05/12 03:50:33
    When he ran for office I believe he said he was "undecided."

    "When Obama ran for re-election in 1998, he took
    the National Political Awareness Test, which among other things
    asked, “Do you believe that the Illinois government should
    recognize same-sex marriages?” His response:
  • Lee The... wildbill 2012/05/12 15:46:09
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    I could swear I had heard him say he supported it, Oh well! =0 )
  • wildbill Lee The... 2012/05/12 21:22:30
    I think many of us considered him in favor of gay marriage because he talked about firmly being in support of gay rights legislation. However, even though he thought states should decide for themselves the definition of marriage, he seemed to be against state legislation denying gays the right to get married. So you are sure not alone in thinking about what you heard.
  • Lee The... wildbill 2012/05/13 02:34:18
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    Thank you, I started to think I was crazy. LOL
  • wildbill Lee The... 2012/05/14 04:22:49 (edited)
    At least now we know for sure where both the President and Gov. Romney stand.
    At least we like to THINK we do, lol
  • Lee The... wildbill 2012/05/14 13:15:15
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
  • socokid Lee The... 2012/05/12 16:27:51
    His "evolution" was speaking of a "change" in his public opinion on this matter.

    Ending DOTA and choosing not to defend DOMA are starts. In this political climate, allowing the states to decide for now is a tactic. Some will continue to choose to enact laws that allow same sex marriage, at least. Having a sitting President of the United States of America finally pronouncing support, helps as well.

  • Cliff 2012/05/11 11:19:34
  • wildbill Cliff 2012/05/12 03:56:32
    Blacks are 98% in favor of President Obama and are not going to change their vote over this isssue.

    Where he might lose votes are among anti gay independents. But then if those independents are anti gay they are most likely anti black president as well.
  • Cliff wildbill 2012/05/12 22:26:13 (edited)
  • nofrills Cliff 2012/05/13 17:22:47
    money can move mountains and change your 'orientation in this good ole usa.!
  • Cliff nofrills 2012/05/13 19:38:37
  • nofrills Cliff 2012/05/13 19:41:35
    well the world is 'square'! leave it like that!
  • Cliff nofrills 2012/05/13 19:57:32
  • Jeh 2012/05/11 11:05:36
  • Defend ... Jeh 2012/05/12 03:30:02
    Defend Western Civlization
    Dissenting against deviant behavior is not casting judgement
    You are not to worship any other Gods accept Jesus
    and the Vulgar Language makes you look not mature
  • Jeh Defend ... 2012/05/12 05:51:16
    Jesus, please save me from your followers.

    Hey Defender. Go away.
  • Defend ... Jeh 2012/05/12 10:26:49
    Defend Western Civlization
    in other words you have nothing logical
    you have lost
  • Jeh Defend ... 2012/05/13 06:10:00
    Fine, you win!!! (win what, I don't know)
    in other words, I don't feel like wasting my time arguing with you.
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