President Obama announced today that he now supports same-sex marriage. In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process on the matter as an “evolution” that ultimately led him to his decision, making him the first president to ever go on record in favor of the issue.
“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 told Roberts in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday.
Although, this statement does cause plenty excitement not only for Gay America but for the entire country, President Obama stressed that this is a “personal position” and that he still supports of the states’ deciding the issue on their own. Does this mean that President Obama will back gay marriage throughout the rest of his campaign or will he steer clear of it?