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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 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM
It's a matter of freedom and liberty for all, separate from religion. It's not up to us to dictate to others who they should love. Just as we are now ashamed of ourselves for discriminating against interracial couples in the past, so will we be on this issue someday (soon, I hope!). There is absolutely no reason why gay and lesbian couples should not enjoy the same rights and protections under the law that straight couples do. Frankly, the fact that this discussion even needs to be happening in America in 2012 seems so pathetic! Let's get down to business on the issues that matter, people! Let two people that love eachother make it legal, and let's stop being so ignorant as a nation!
ron mexico May 10, 2012 at 01:05 PM
this is what a leader does. this is his job to stand up and say what is our right as Americans. If you define a person by what sexual preferences they have you got to go back and star all over again. Please stay out of peoples bedrooms cause there is enough chaos in there already.
Janet Butler May 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
obama is just using this as a diversion from his horribly failed policies on the economy and jobs. He wrongly thinks that if he has everyone talking about homosexuals and birth control for women, they will not focus on the real issues of his failed presidency. And MARRIAGE is defined in God's word as 'BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN' Let them call it a homosexual union or whatever, but it cannot be called marriage, because that is not what it is.
Carolyn M. May 10, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I think his timing is so calculated and convenient.
Maddie May 13, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Obama is commenting on it now because closed minded bigots like you forced him to! You selfish, ignorant, "religious" dummies! PS....how in the world can you categorize Obama as a failure? Why? Because he never lied to the American public about weapons that never existed?? Because he is genuinely trying to help people?? Yeah, he's a real failure! You idiots are the failures here and the reason why our country is failing to move forward. It's because of people like you, dumb, mindless, hateful, blind sheep who never had a creative or interesting or HELPFUL thought in their pea sized, boring little minds!!!!
Carolyn M. May 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Maddie - please tell me what he's done for us in the three years he's been in office. Please be specific - "trying to help" doesn't cut it.
Maddie May 14, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Why don't you lift a finger and list all the way he's failed in your humble opinion, instead of posting your little smug "one liners"? How convenient for you to be so nonchalant about a topic that doesn't directly affect you but devestates millions of others. I bet you're a fan of Rush Limbaugh who's on his SIXTH "sacred marriage" between one fat obnoxious, sexist, racist jerk and 6 women!
Mark A. May 14, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Nice to know 30% of our community are bigots. Using the Bible is no excuse, the Bible also defines women on their menses as being unclean and that they shouldn't be seen. I bet Carolyn and Janet don't hide in the unclean tent one week a month. You can't just pick and choose the things you want to cite from the Bible, the whole thing is two thousand years out of date.
Mark A. May 14, 2012 at 08:23 PM
By the way, Maddie, the rage you are venting here is not helpful. All rage does is let the bigots feel more secure in their positions and point at you as looking unreasonable. Time will prove them wrong, its just going to take a while. Fifty years ago, people protested in Washington with signs saying that the Bible supported laws against race-mixing and equal right for blacks. Fifty years later, everyone agrees that those that supported that view were horrible bigots and bad people. Fifty years from now, society will look back on these people also as horrible bigots and bad people. Its happening slowly, but that's just the way it happens in a free society.
Maddie May 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM
You actually made me feel badly for poor Janet and Carolyn in the "menses tent"! I'm not trying to vent too much rage on here, but it's incredibly frustrating to suffer such fools. My very best friend from college just recently married his partner of 15 years and they also adopted a child in need this year as well. My friend is a public school teacher and his husband is a nurse and they are 100% devoted to eachother, their child, and serving their community as upstanding citizens and good Americans. To hear the carelessness with which these people talk about my dear friends, their rights, and the fact that they ignorantly criticize our President at a historic time when he has chosen to support this horribly marginalized group makes me both sad and mad! However, thank you, Mark for making several great points, someday we will truly have liberty for all.
Carolyn M. May 15, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I know you both would love to think so, but I don't disagree with what he said. I just think his timing was calculated seeing as he has a re-election coming up.
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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