Obama: Gay Marriage Should Be Legal
Says it's clear to him now after his own evolution on the issue
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2012 2:10 PM CDT
President Obama speaks in Washington earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Obama stepped into the fray over gay marriage in a big way today, telling ABC News flatly that he thinks it should be legal. Here's the big quote from the interview with Robin Roberts, which will air on the evening news:

  • "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 called it a "generational" change occurring in the US and referred to his own daughters. "It wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently," he said. But he also made clear that this is his personal view and that states should be able to make their own decisions. The interview comes after North Carolina voters rejected gay marriage, and both Joe Biden and Arne Duncan voiced support for it.

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May 11, 2012 3:23 PM CDT
I am a true believer that gays has the right to get married just like a man and a woman does, I thought this was a free Country, I guess some people have rights to be married and other can't because they are gay. This isn't the issue of the Bible any more, I haven't read the Bible lately, but according so some of my friends they say that the Bilbe says "A man a Woman is to be Married." I believe in the Bible, but it's not always right, I feel if you love someone you should be able to show your feelings by marring that person, rather you gay or straight. I hope Obama will get his way on this one. I feel bad for the gays, they are not as free as we are the straight people, (no I'm not gay), I love men, and I won't change.
May 10, 2012 9:23 AM CDT
I'm a Republican and a self-avowed Obama hater (not him personally, but most of his policies). However, he is right on this issue. It is difficult for me to campaign this summer and fall for Romney given how strongly I feel he is on the wrong side of this issue.
May 10, 2012 8:33 AM CDT
Well, as long as the dear leader thinks it should be legal, then the other branches of government and the rest of us should just accept his decision... This is Obama fulfilling his campaign slogan "Bureaucracy you can deceive in."