ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: President Obama Affirms His Support For Same Sex Marriage

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Source: Rick Klein / ABC News

President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.

In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.

“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. Excerpts of the interview will air tonight on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own. But he said he’s confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with gays and lesbians getting married, citing his own daughters’ comfort with the concept.

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  • Marqubail

    , I am an African American female and president Obama just lost my vote. I had planned to vote for him again, but no way. The Health Care and Tax Debate will be around for forever. Politics will forever debate this argument but the issue of gay marriage is a moral debate that will impact the next generation forever. I am a Christian who happens to be a democrat but after day I see myself changing parties. In my opinion Mr. Obama just committed political suicide with African American Christians. During the last election “The Black Church”(African-American Christians) fought for votes and encouraged their congregations to get out and vote. I don’t foresee this happening in the upcoming election. I personally plan to do my best to get the word out to every church that I can to “Stand for what is right”. It is no longer about supporting our race as African-Americans but it is about letting the next generation know right from wrong. I Hope that every Christian across the nation will ban together to stand for what is right. The Republican candidate should use this opportunity to seize the day with Christians everywhere, especially African-American Christians.

    An African-American who just changed their vote!!!!!