President Obama Shows Leadership, Says Gay Marriage Should Be Legal
President Obama stepped into his role as national leader and addressed the issue of gay marriage in an interview with ABC News.
For too long we have allowed politicians to use the wedge issues as a way to fracture the nation and win elections. There needs to be universal applause for the statement from the president, and a strong recognition that a new time has arrived for civil rights for gay Americans.
To hear Mitt Romney play the anti-gay card is a harsh reminder of those who stood in school doors and used ethnic stereotyping to deprive others of their humanity and rights. What Mitt Romney is doing today against gay Americans is no different from what George Wallace did to black Americans.
What Romney and the others like him are doing is perpetuating the most low-brow and uneducated ideas at a time when national polling shows strong support for gay marriage.
President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.
In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.
“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, in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday. Excerpts of the interview will air tonight on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”