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Thank You, President Obama
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/09/12
Last updated on: 05/09/12
 
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The President has evolved.

On May 9, 2012 history was made. The day after North Carolina voters enshrined anti-gay discrimination in their constitution and after Colorado Republican legislators killed a civil unions bill, the President of the United States endorsed marriage equality.

At 3:00 p.m. an excerpt from a hastily arranged interview the President gave to Robin Roberts for broadcast on ABC News was released. In the excerpt, President Obama said unequivocally, "It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

He said that although he has "stood on the side of broader equality I hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient. But 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 said.

Obama's conclusion in favor of marriage equality also reflected a generational shift that cuts across party lines, he explained.

The President's historic remarks come just three days after Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with NBC that he supports such rights for gay and lesbian couples. "I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties."

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