President Obama: Gay Marriage Should Be Legal

In an interview with ABC News, President Obama has declared his support for gay marriage. This marks a departure from the president’s previous stance, which has repeatedly been described as “evolving.”

Here’s the money quote from ABC’s OTUS blog:

“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.”

In the interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, the president also said where Americans stand on gay marriage depends on their generation.

“You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples,” the president said. “There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”

The interview also comes about week after Vice President Joe Biden said he supported gay marriage on Meet The Press. That put the president’s own position in the spotlight.

Update at 3:13 p.m. ET. ‘Stood On The Side Of Broader Equality’:

ABC has posted a two-minute video on its website. In it Obama says that he has always “stood on the side of broader equality” for gay community. For a long time, he said, he thought that civil unions would be enough. But, now, that view has evolved, Obama said, and he now believes same sex couples should be allowed to get married.

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