President Obama Says Same-Sex Couples Should Be Allowed To Marry
In an interview with Robin Roberts designed to make news, President Obama says he supports gay marriage.
“I’ve stood on the side of broader equality for the LGBT community. I hestitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient,” Obama said. “I was senseitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word ‘marriage’ evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs.”
But he said he felt the time had come for his self-described “evolution” to finish.
“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,” Obama said. “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.”