President Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal

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Half of Americans support same-sex marriage according to a recent poll. Reports Jackie Calmes and Peter Baker in the New York Times:

President Obama on Wednesday ended nearly two years of “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage by publicly endorsing it in a television interview, taking a definitive stand on one of the most contentious and politically charged social issues of the day.

“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,” Mr. Obama told ABC News in an interview that came after the president faced mounting pressure to clarify his position.

In an election that is all but certain to turn on the slowly recovering economy and its persistently high jobless rate, Mr. Obama’s stand nonetheless injects a volatile social issue into the campaign debate and puts him at even sharper odds with his presumptive Republican rival, Mitt Romney, who opposes same-sex marriage and favors an amendment to the United States Constitution to forbid it.

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12 Comments on "President Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal"

  1. muad dib | May 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm |

    who the fuck cares who other people marry? How does that really affect you?

    People are so dam nosey its unreal. The insane homophobia is really ridiculous. Even a post like this makes some people assume i’m gay (nope). 

    • Tittyfartin | May 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm |

      I agree. Im glad Obama finally has the balls to admit that he is pro-gay marriage. Its a big deal in the world of politics.

  2. sam23sirius | May 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

    The government should have nothing whatsoever to do with marriage.

    • sadkitty | May 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm |

      Let the gays marry already!  Perhaps it will bring back some of the moral fiber that is so lacking in this wretched country!  All the heteros are getting divorced I don’t see the big deal anymore. Companies are worried about paying out more benefits which is the real reason.  Really the issues come down to job benefits, legal issues, if they adopt etc.  Now as far as gays in the military I can see a bunch of straight guys just marrying for the money and to live off base.  The military really needs to revamp their pay system, get married and have kids and you get more money? WTF!  I can understand cost of living and other perks but other ones I scratch my head at….

  3. From the Declaration of Independence

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    It is said those are Thomas Jefferson’s own words. As the current heretics, oops, I mean Republicans insist, they envision the Government as… Thomas Jefferson would have it.

    So, the Tea Party Terrorists insist that America is supposed to be ruled by a Theocracy, when so clearly our Nation was not founded on such principles. It would be nice if they could bother to be consistent even within their own insane cult and its principles.

  4. DeepCough | May 10, 2012 at 3:28 am |

    I don’t wanna sound cynical here, but something tells me that Obama is gonna shirk this promise, too.

    • Jin The Ninja | May 10, 2012 at 10:35 am |

      personally, i feel it’s purely a well-orchestrated campaign move. the timing, how biden came out and said it first. good pr.

      • Adamsshadow | May 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm |

        I agree –  don’t forget Arne Duncan’s endorsement shortly after Biden’s; the administration was obviously trying to “groom” the public for this announcement because the presidential race is heating up due to Romney finally securing the GOP nod.

        • Jin The Ninja | May 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm |

          i knew someone else from the admin did, but i couldn`t remember whom. arne duncan, seriously? the same person who advocates for segregated schools through the charter system? whose beliefs in the market create injustice by neo-liberal design? as if he is some great advocate for social equality….they certainly were grooming the public for the great revelation.

    • ConvictedCourage | May 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm |

      What promise? He made no promise. He just said: “This is my personal belief but I won’t interfere with the rights of the states to choose…” Which is a total bullshit cop-out because it means he lacks the courage of his so-called “convictions”. Had he actually pledged to take action, then that would be something. But nope. This is just an attempt to secure the votes of jaded progressive voters and independents who are seriously contemplating voting for a third-party candidate…

  5. Lifobryan | May 10, 2012 at 10:51 am |

    I think it was Bill Maher who pointed out that all marriage is same-sex marriage. It’s the same sex over and over and over ….

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