Sound-Off: President Obama Backs Same-Sex Marriage

In an interview with ABC News, the president says gay couples should have the right to marry.

President Obama made headlines Wednesday during an ABC News interview when he said he supports same-sex couples ability to marry.

The president, who in the past had supported civil union parternships for gay couples, said that his stance on the subject has "evolved" since he took office in 2008.

Obama said while he supports same-sex marriage, he believes it is within a state's right to regulate such unions. Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncun in recent days both expressed support for gay marriage. 

From Obama's ABC interview: 

"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," he said.

The announcement came just one day after voters in the swing state of North Carolina approved a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Click here to read the full story from our partners at The Huffington Post. 

So what do you think? Do you support same-sex marriage? What do you think of the president's announcement? How might this impact his re-election? Tell us in the comments. 

Sunshine May 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM
It is time for America and our leaders to turn back to God...our Judeo/Christian heritage on which our country was founded....the moral decline in our country is driving our nation off a cliff!! It is a shameful, anything goes, vile culture that we live in, and it's time for men and women of faith to speak out and stand up for what is right in the sight of a Holy God. ‎2 Chronicles 7:14 ...If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Robert E May 11, 2012 at 01:47 PM
It time for people to stop using the bible as an excuse for bigotry. Bigotry and Hatred wrapped in Religion are still Bigotry and Hatred. Religion enables the bigoted and hateful to believe that their bigotry and hatred is virtue.
Sunshine May 11, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The Bible and God's word is clear....it is not an excuse. The hate comes from those who want to do every wicked thing and call it good, attacking people of faith and religion calling them bigots and hateful. Homosexuality is an illicit lust forbidden by God. He said to His people Israel, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination" (Leviticus 18:22). "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them" (Leviticus 20:13). In these passages homosexuality is condemned as a prime example of sin, a sexual perversion. The Christian can neither alter God's viewpoint nor depart from it.
nptresident May 11, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Oh dear lord, a looney has been let out of its bin! Thanks alot, Patch! Here we go....
Robert E May 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Sunny Leviticus 11:10 says: And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: I am sure you are protesting outside all the local seafood every restaurants day to prevent the diners from damning their souls to hell. You pick and choose which parts of tjhe bible you follow and use it as an excuse to spred your homophobic views you quote the parts that support your views and ignor the others that don't support your small minded views.
KC1019 May 11, 2012 at 05:05 PM
What happened to the separation of Church and State? What the Catholic church believes IS NOT LAW! WHO CARES IF IT IS AGAINST THE BIBLE! No one is asking you to marry a person of the same sex. There are many things that are forbidden by 'GOD' but are non illegal, so why should this be different?
Robert E May 11, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The Bible also tells slaves to obey their masters and wives to submit to their husbands. It's not to be taken literally here. My wife is not "submissive" to me, and I don't believe in slavery. Personally, I am all for marriage, whether the two adults in love are a man and a woman, two men, or two women. Committed, consenting adults, no problem.
bimbels May 11, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I'm so tired of people like SUNNY trying to shove their religion down everyone else's throats. Not everyone believes in YOUR form of religion - Sunny. And this country was founded on RELIGIOUS FREEDOM so stop trying to turn the USA into a country governed by the Christian form of Sharia law. And yes, you are a bigot and a hater and my oh my how JUDGEY are we? Not your place, ma'am.
Robert E May 11, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Actually, polygamy was practiced in the bible. So were a lot of other things, like men's obligation to marry their brother's widow, and women being put away during their periods. Read Leviticus and try to follow the rules. But the real issue is that the bible is not the determination of legal standards in this country. We do not have to follow the Sabbath rules, we do not legally have to honor our father and mother if we do not choose to, we may covet possessions, in fact the entire advertising industry is based on our coveting those possessions. Adultery is not a crime. Divorce and remarriage is commonly practiced by members of the Christian Right. OK, stealing and killing are not allowed, unless it is done by the government. Who gets to define marriage or "natural law"? Sunny Wonsey, or each person individually? Does the government have the right? Do heterosexuals have the exclusive right to define the terms for non-heterosexuals? How about if only men decide what women may do, and only women define what men may do? Can the majority deny legal protections of the law to the minority? Marriage provides many legal protections which are not available to same sex unions...that is simply not fair and equitable.
Robert E May 13, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Equal Marriage rights have been guaranteed by the US Constitution since 1868. The 14th amendment provides equal access to legal rights for all citizens. This is a nonissue, every state law that bars any individual from access to the legal rights granted to others is unconstitutional just as all of the laws barring women from voting previous to 1920 were unconstitutional, same goes for southern laws banning African Americans from voting previous to 1967. Easy.
Veteran May 17, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I am a Christian, and for the record, I don’t believe in same sex marriage. That’s my belief and I have a right to my belief. I don’t shout it from the rooftops of Newport, I don’t own a bullhorn, I don't write articles about it, I don't go on TV and talk about it and I certainly don’t go to protests carrying sighs that say “death to the sinners”, if I did, then I would be the first in line to die. I, in my sin, DO NOT have the right to condemn anyone else in theirs. I have family and friends who are homosexual. I love them very much and they me. They are well aware of my beliefs and I theirs. We have agreed to disagree and that is our right. I agree that it is not my duty as a Christian to ram my beliefs down anyone’s throats. But it is my right to protect something I believe is sacred. Again, IT IS MY RIGHT, and I fought along good men and women, many who died, so ALL of us could have those rights. I have told people many times over the years that I find people, on both sides of this issue, the biggest hypocrites. One side teaches love and non-judgment but do not understand true love and are the first to condemn, and the other side teaches tolerance, but are the most intolerant people I have ever met, unless you agree with them that is. I thank some you for proving this point.
Jack Baillargeron May 17, 2012 at 04:22 PM
It's about time he made his true feelings public? Are kidding me, ROFLMAO. It is an Election year, and he is not doing so well for an incumbant, of course he will say anything, just like he did in the first race and then turned around on so many issues, once in office, that even his own suporters became disalusioned with this guy. Remember he is a politician through and through, if you believe he suddenly evolved, well there is land forsale in Anartica lol.
Richard Pearson October 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Gods word is final and just. Repent now before it's too late.
Richard Pearson October 07, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I love everybody including homosexuals. I hate the deed, but love the person the same as God hates the sin,but loves the sinner. Jesus commands us to love everyone including your enemies. you hate what they do, but love the person even if they go to prison for some crime he or she has committed. Jesus preaches love and forgiveness. My advice to evil doers is repent before it's too late. Yours in Christ. Richard
Robert E October 08, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Which God are you talking about there are so many? Zues? Shiva? Or my personal favorite Cernunnos the Stag Lord.
Richard Pearson October 14, 2012 at 09:24 PM
God the father, son and holy spirit is the only true God. Repent before it's too late Yours in Christ Richard
Robert E October 15, 2012 at 07:29 AM
The problem I have with the Christians is not the religion but the fact that they want everyone to be Christian. They for the most part don't seem to understand that not everybody is a Christian. I for once would like to have a discussion with them on a subject like this with out having to bring up the bible. They can't seem to figure out that saying God said so in the Bible does not convince me. You don't see other Religions coming here and saying to the Christians it has to be this way because Buda says so. Lord Shiva said it should be this way but they always have to tell you what Christ wants. The same chapter of the Bible that calls a man laying with a man an abomination also says eating shellfish in an abomination but you never see the Christians protesting in front of Red Lobster or partitioning the state house to pass a law banning calm chowder because it offends God. The thing I have found is many Christians have very little knowledge of their own bible they only know what their priest/minister tells them but few read the whole thing for themselves. I just get tired of being told I need to follow Jesus all the time.
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