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Obama supports gay marriage
Posted : May 9th, 2012 by TribeHouse
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.
“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…
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?
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