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POLL: Obama Backs Gay Marriage

President Obama made his historic pronouncement during an interview with ABC News.

President Barack Obama has publicly come out in support of gay marriage, the first time in history that a sitting U.S. President has ever done so. 

Obama gave the news to ABC News' Robin Roberts in an interview that will air on ABCs “Good Morning America" on Thursday.

"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,” Obama told Roberts.

The news comes just days after Vice President Joe Biden said he supports gay marriage.

In New Jersey, same-sex marriage advocates are rejoicing.

"I am overwhelmed with tears of joy, as our millions of other LGBT people and our millions of allies across America,” said Garden State Equality's Chair Steven Goldstein: “We will remember for the rest of our lives where we were when we heard the sitting President of the United States say he supports marriage equality. Today’s announcement by the President is of particular importance to those of us fighting in New Jersey and everywhere else marriage equality is up for grabs. No longer will opponents such as Governor Chris Christie be able to take cover by saying, 'Why are you going after me? My opposition to marriage equality is simply the same view as that of our President.' That political cover is now thrown into dustbin of history parked outside the archives of prejudice, collecting its rhetorical trash.

"Short of when America becomes a land of marriage equality, this is the happiest day of our political lives. I'm on Cloud 18." 

U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ)  praised Obama’s statement.

"President Obama's support for marriage equality marks an important moment for civil rights in America. We simply can not treat same sex couples as second-class citizens in our country. Marriage equality is one of the most significant civil rights battles of our time and is critical to guaranteeing the equal protection under the law promised to every American in the Constitution.   The President's support for marriage equality should inspire Congress, Governors and state legislatures to advance civil rights for all Americans." 

Last year, Lautenberg joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and others to introduce legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The “Respect for Marriage Act” would repeal DOMA and restore the rights of all lawfully married couples – including tens of thousands of same-sex couples – to receive the benefits of marriage under federal law.  

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stacie bohr May 15, 2012 at 08:32 AM
KMN, I don't pretend to live in a "perfect world". I understand that politics are important. Please don't underestimate my intelligence. I am not sure if that was your intent and I honestly doubt it but don’t really care in the grand scheme of things. You and I are on the same page for the most part and if my "basic" concept isn't intelligent enough, I am sorry. I too am for equality and rights for everyone. I am against bigotry and biased behavior. Perhaps I don't speak my feelings as eloquently as you do. I respect and appreciate your fight. But what are we fighting for? Shouldn’t this be a given? That is a rhetorical question and not one that I’m looking for an answer on. These “fights” are so stupid and a waste of time and tax payer’s money. Was that okay to say? That’s not perfect world mentality…it’s logical and maybe a fairytale but I’ll stand behind my way of thinking. And Tom…please don’t use me to prove a point to KMN. I’m against everything you stand for.
Kevin M. Nedd May 15, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Stacie, In no way did I think you were uninformed. We are on the same team!
TD May 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Who iniated marrage the church or a goverment agency ?
Thomas Lotito May 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The community owes you stacie, you got Kevin to stop re-posting media lies about Obama failed presidency. You should have given him this advice before he was convicted of harassment. kudos!
Domino May 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Be careful Stacie, Lotito likes to throw out nasty comments and when you reply, he runs to the nearest municipal court, pulls out his three ring binder full of clippings he saves from the internet, and whines to the judge like a pathetic little boy that he was harassed and his family is in danger. Creep !!!!

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