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Poll: What Do You Think of Obama's Stance on Same-Sex Marriage?

The president on Wednesday became the first active commander-in-chief to champion gay marriage

In a historic moment Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama voiced support for same-sex marriage, becoming the first sitting commander-in-chief to do so.

Over the past few years, Obama had said his views on the issue were "evolving," but never expressed open support—just the belief that gays and lesbians should have access to the same civil rights as married couples.

But Wednesday—on the heels of a state ammendment in North Carolina that outlaws gay marriage—Obama spoke in support of same-sex marriage with ABC News.

The interview with Robin Roberts will air on ABC's Good Morning America today. (Watch the clip here.)

"I've just concluded that for me personally it is important to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," Obama said.

Obama noted staff members and soldiers he knows who are in committed, same-sex relationships with children were an impetus for his change of heart.

Obama's stance is one several in his party and administration have recently championed. Vice-president Joe Biden announced earlier this week while on Meet the Press that he is comfortable with gay marriage.

What do you think of the president's endorsement of same-sex marriage? Vote in our poll or leave your opinion in the comment section.

Maddie May 15, 2012 at 01:39 AM
So, Carolyn, he should have just ignored what happened in North Carolina so as to not be accused of being calculated?
Carolyn M. May 15, 2012 at 01:41 AM
And Maddie my dear, how do you know this doesn't effect me directly? Do you know me? Do you know anything about me? Do you know who I am married to or in a relationship with? Just because I am not a fan of Obama does not mean I'm a nonchalant bigot. Quite the opposite in fact.
Maddie May 15, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Your comment certainly doesn't reflect any good intentions. Your first comment just piles on the negativity, its not constructive, and frankly making a comment like that I feel is irresponsible. If you disagree with his economic policies or his stance on taxes that's of course one thing, but to flippantly dismiss his efforts to erradicate bigotry and hatred in this country just isn't right. But hey, we're all entitled to our opinions, that's what's great about the freedoms we enjoy in the USA!
Carolyn M. May 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM
"We're all entitiled to our opinions", unless you are Janet, or not a passenger on the Obama express, or for that matter anyone who doesn't share YOUR opinion. Your hypocrisy is astounding.
Maddie May 15, 2012 at 02:12 PM
My hypocrisy?? You put your opinion on a public website and I and others passionately disagree with you. I'm not sure where the hypocrisy comes into play here? You are entitled to your narrow opinion and I am more than within my right to disagree with you in any way I see fit. It sounds to me like you are voicing your own insecurity concerning your political views which has nothing to do with me or anyone else on here, that's a personal matter. Again, that's what's great about America, we can publicly voice our opinions and then people can disagree with those opinions in any way they like. That's not hypocrisy, that's the First Amendment!

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