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Obama supports gay marriage

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Posted : May 9th, 2012 by

So, today is a day that will go down in history as Barack Obama is the first President to openly declare support for gay marriage. Apart from sending Twitter into a frenzy with an overload of activity, this interview on ABC seems to have really shaken the tree.

Obama told ABC News’ Robin Roberts that he had an “evolution” on the issue and he came to the decision after conversations with his family, staff members and openly gay and lesbian members of the military.

Obama_twitter_mentions“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 said in the interview.

In 2004, as a candidate for the US Senate, he cited his own religion in framing his views: “I’m a Christian. I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.”

Here is the evolution of President Barack Obama’s views on gay marriage. First, here’s an interview with him in 2004.


Then, today on ABC, here are his new views


President Barack Obama supports gay marriage



Obviously there have been a lot of reactions in the political world (both for and against) with his new declaration but the big question is, how will this affect our culture?

What are your views on this whole topic? Do you think a significant cultural shift will take place because of it or does it even matter?


One Response to Obama supports gay marriage

  1. Dianne Hiebert

    Obama is a Christian who has made substantial contributions to world peace, for which he has won a Nobel Prize. He’s a wise man who seeks wisdom from God and many good advisers. We need to support him even if we don’t agree with every one of his ideas. Views do evolve, and I give him credit for thinking deeply and being willing to change his mind and adopt what is in the U.S. a still very unpopular position, and one that could give new hope and confidence to a worthy and valuable segment of the population that has been terribly marginalized and discriminated against. Whether gay people should marry each other or not is to me not a very big deal. The Bible says that in the resurrection we’ll neither marry nor be given in marriage, and that indicates to me that there are far more important things that we need to keep our minds on, like love. And praying for a President who has huge responsibilities.

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