President Barack Obama Comes Out In Support of Gay Marriage – A special ISL News report
Barack Obama made history as the first sitting President to come out in support of gay marriage. In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts the US president spoke candidly of the evolutionary journey that lead to his watershed decision to say “I do” to “same-sex marriage”.
“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.”
The president went on to talk about his children’s friends saying, “you know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. 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.”
At the conclusion of the interview Twitter exploded as straight and gay celebrities congratulated the president. Here’s what they had to say via Twitter:
@TheEllenShow Thank you President @BarackObama for beautiful words. I’m overwhelmed Ellen DeGeneres
@janemarielynch Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr. President for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others! Jane Lynch
@alecbaldwin Obama gets it right on gay marriage. Bravo Alec Baldwin
@ActuallyNPH Bravo Mr President and thank you. Neil Patrick Harris
@helloross OMG, it’s official! Obama becomes 1st president to support gay marriage!!! Historic day! Ross Mathews
@KimKardashian Thank you, President Obama! No more living in the past! Kim Kardashia
@BravoAndy THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT Andy Cohen
@UncleRUSH Thank you Mr. President for your support of gay marriage Russell Simmon
@SandraBernhard Viva Obama who has just endorsed gay marriage. Right on time drop a dime blow your mind Sandra Bernhard
@michellebranch YAY Obama!! #EqualityForAll Michelle Branch
@AudraEqualityMc How many young lives did the President just save saying that he supports them today? #Equality Audra McDonald
@RachelZoe Such an exciting day!!! xoRZ RT @BarakObama “Same-sex couples should be able to get married” – President Obama Rachel Zoe
@ RealLyndaCarter Well done Mr. President! Lynda Carter
@fandrescher So proud of our President who showed such leadership & the meaning of American’s freedom 4 all! Fran Dresher
@debimazar Thankyou Mr. President! Debi Mazar
According to The New York Times, just hours before the president offered his endorsement of gay marriage, his Vice President Joe Biden apologized for airing his own views on same-sex marriage.
Three days prior on NBC’s Meet The Press, Mr Biden told reporters he was “absolutely comfortable” with same sex marraige. It is believed the VP’s statement forced Mr Obama to reveal his “evolving views”, sending campaign advisers into meltdown.
The Obama administration’s change of course on same-sex weddings comes a day after North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment taking away from gay couples any legal status including marriage or civil union.
Some political pundits believe what this has done is re-energize the election campaign for the president while galvanizing opponents of same-sex marriage into supporting his GOP rival Mitt Romney. Others argue, the issue of gay marriage will be less impacting than concern for the economy and jobs.
In the meantime while attending the George Clooney campaign fundraiser Thursday night, President Obama called his endorsement of gay marriage “a logical extension” of his vision for America.
“Obviously yesterday we made some news,” said Obama. “It was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be,” he said. “It grew directly out of this difference in visions: Are we a country that includes everybody and give everybody a shot and treats everybody fairly?”
Originally posted on May 10, 2012 @ 5:13 am