Obama Backs Gay Marriage, Malloy Agrees [POLL]

The president told ABC News that his thinking had "evolved" on the subject. How do you feel about his decision?


The day after voters in North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman, President Obama told ABC News on Wednesday that he now supports gay marriage.

The president — who still supports states deciding the issue on their own — said his personal views had gone through an "evolution" based on conversations with family and friends and the views of his own daughters.

"They are much more comfortable with it," the president told Robin Roberts in an interview to be shown on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday. Excerpts will air tonight on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer."

”You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples," Obama said in the interview. "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.”

In a statement, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy responded to Obama. 

“I applaud President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage.  This is an historic day for civil rights," Malloy said. “Equal rights should be granted to all. We in Connecticut agree.”

How do you feel about Obama's change of heart? Take our poll and tell us more in the comments.

Ric Vargoshe May 09, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I believe in a Civil Union giving Gays an equal rights- Marriage should only be between opposite sexes!
Jaimie Cura (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM
A cross-post from the Facebook page, from Kathy Canfield: "About time...no one has the right to deny any person the right to marriage if this is what they want..." https://www.facebook.com/WoodMiddPatch
Jaimie Cura (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 01:12 AM
"So they receive health insurance benefits but man and woman living together for years get none??" -- Kellsie on Facebook Joan replied: "how is that equal rights? @Kellsie-i thought there was something that gave health insurance rights to men and women living together for years... or maybe only certain companies do that."
Sean M May 10, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Marriage is not a right. It is a legal recognition. We now have 31 states who put on a ballot that marriage should be between one man and one woman. That is the norm. The people who support gay marriage are the ones outside the norm and must show everyone else why the definition of marriage should be changed. Obama is finished in VA and NC over this. As for the health benefits, all health insurance should be paid for by the person using it, just like auto. Private companies can offer whatever the market wants to buy.
JM May 10, 2012 at 01:58 PM
On a federal level, if one adheres to the Constitution, marriage is not defined, and therefore is left to the states. See the 10th ammendment. So what we have now is working. 31 states have passed laws against gay marriage, while others have supported it. Personally, I don't care who gets married. Marriage is so watered down anyways, what with a 60%+ divorce rate. If someone wants to get married to whomever or in some cases, to whatever, go right ahead.
pb May 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
why? Civil unions do not provide the full benefits of marriage. For example, what if the person moves? Or, what if the state suddenly decides to revoke civil unions? I just don't understand why a civil marriage is so offensive to some. This has nothing to do with religion. If a man wants to marry a man, how does that have any bearing on heterosexual marriages. So stupid what people worry about.
pb May 10, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Here is my favorite line, "the people who support gay marriage are the ones outside the norm". Really, recent national polling data would prove otherwise. Furthermore, does that make it right? I would guess that people in 1940 did not think interracial marriage was okay, so were they correct because that was the norm. Seriously poor logic on your part. Oh and civil unions are not the same as civil marriage. Marriage is forever, civil unions are limited to the state in which the people married and are only good as long as that state upholds civil unions. In addition, it extends an argument of "separate but equal".
Sean M May 10, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Let me see. 31 states have defined marriage between one man and one woman when it is introduced as a ballot initiative. And how many states have had the people vote for gay marriage? NONE. If the polls you claim are so accurate, then why does traditional marriage always win? Answer: your polls are bogus. In CT, the 2005 civil unions bill gave every single benefit of marriage but kept the definition of marriage between one man and one woman. Once again, marriage is a legal recognition, not a right. Your separate but equal argument does not hold. That was used when blacks had to use separate facilities than whites. Please do your homework and know what you are talking about before you comment. At the least, use your name.
Sean M May 10, 2012 at 07:27 PM
JM is right on the federal constitution in regards to marriage. What we have now does not work because of liberals. Judicial activism is responsible for gay marriage in CT, MA, VT, IA. A few states have passed it legislatively and that is democracy. Your statement that 31 states have passed laws against gay marriage is not totally accurate. The states have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The ballot in NC Tuesday never mentioned gay marriage, only that marriage is between a man and a woman. There is a huge difference between a ban on gay marriage and only defining marriage between one man and one woman. In states where gay marriage exists, there is a tremendous assault on parental and religious rights. In CT, if you are a Catholic and a wedding photographer, you cannot tell someone without being able to be sued that you refuse to work at their gay wedding. Then there is homosexual indoctrination in grade school, even when parents want their kids not exposed to it. Go ask the hardest core gay marriage supporters and learn what their real motives are. It is about tearing down Christianity and social conservatism, as well as replacing the judgment of the parents with their own.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) May 11, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Jed Calo said on Facebook: "Equality shouldn't be voted on. It should just be. And someday it will." (https://www.facebook.com/WoodMiddPatch)
Sean M May 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Jed has it right. Who needs democracy? Just have a few officials dictate what is moral with no accountability.


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