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Obama Supports Gay Marriage — Your Thoughts?

Barack Obama is the first sitting American president to publicly and officially support gay marriage.

After years of pressure from the American public, civil rights groups and the media, President Barack Obama gave a definitive answer on his stance on gay marriage Wednesday morning in an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts.

In the video, which you can watch to the right, Obama says the following:

"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.”

With this announcement, Obama becomes the first sitting American president to publicly and officially offer support for gay marriage. For now, his views remain personal and not related to any policy. 

What do you think of Obama's announcement? Is it long overdue? Unnecessary as gay marriage is handled by the states? Vote in the poll below and tell us in the comments!

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Sandra Dixon May 10, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I'm completely in support of Obama's "coming out" in support of Gay marriage and unions. Courageous, powerful statement from our president, setting the tone for the rest of the nation, especially in the wake of North Carolina's backwards step in their amendment to end any rights to all domestic couples, gay or not!. Brilliant and long-overdue. Huzzah!
Arthur Low May 10, 2012 at 09:20 PM
“Obama's announcement on same sex message is bold, courageous, and the right thing to do. Within the next decade or so, the regressive thinking conservatives will be diminish and society moves forward. We think nothing of women voting, blacks voting, no forced segregation, interracial marriage now, but conservatives of the time fought against them too.”
Lynn May 14, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I disagree. I know Gay couples will be happy but it is totally against the Bible and God. There was Gay activities in the Bible but God spoke against it as a sin. People can do what they want but when the Government steps in I think it is wrong. God has blessed our country because it has been a God loving country, I think our country is already changing and not for the better.

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