Obama made the comments on Good Morning America, effectively reversing his policy just six months before the next election. The President said he personally believes same sex couples should have the right to marry after the years he has spent meeting and talking with them.
“I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue. I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally,” he said. “At a certain point, I just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think that same sex couples should be able to get married.”
Obama previously supported civil unions for same sex couples because he felt that gave them the same rights, and didn’t step on the ‘traditional’ aspects of marriage. This week that position became difficult due to the pro-gay marriage stance of members of his own staff, including Vice President Joe Biden.
Support for same sex marriage by a US President is a hugely symbolic move that is hoped will spur other governments around the world into continued support of same sex rights.
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