In a historic moment that will be aired tomorrow morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, President Barack Obama has come out in support of gay marriage. In doing so, he becomes the first sitting US President to back same-sex marriages, shifting markedly from the contrary or purposely silent stances his presidential predecessors have taken.
As states like Florida, Ohio, Virgina and most recently, North Carolina pass laws banning same-sex marriage, this evolution of President Obama’s public stance on the issue represents to many, a sure paradigm shift, one that could have a lasting impact on public opinion and perception around the issue.
Speaking with Robin Roberts, the President said the following:
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 …
I for one fully support the President’s stance and think it’s about damn time.
But what say you good folks of SBM? Do you all support same-sex marriage? What do you think of Obama coming out in support of it? Do you think it will have an impact on public opinion and potentially serve to slow down some of these states attempting to pass legislation banning gay marriage? Let’s open the floodgates and share our opinions in the comments section.