Obama Says “Yes” to Same-Sex Marriage
Obama has made up his mind: gay marriage should be legal. For months, the president has said that his opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage is “evolving.” Well, today, he took a strong stance on the topic, thwarting protest plans by gay rights activists in L.A.
Here’s what the POTUS told ABC News:
“I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly. 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.”
Predictably, Obama’s Republican counterpart Mitt Romney seized the opportunity to reiterate his opposition to same-sex marriage. “I have the same view that I’ve had since running for office,” Romney told reporters in Oklahoma City.
Meanwhile, some public officials have already come out to endorse Obama’s decision. Houston mayor, Annise Parker, tweeted: “Wow! I was wrong. Call from White House. The President has stepped up and stated his support for recognizing relationships…like mine!-a”