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JUST IN: Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal

In an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, President Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage. The president said:

"I have to tell you, as I said, I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue. I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. That’s why in addition to everything we’ve done in this administration -- rolling back Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, so that outstanding Americans can serve our country, whether it is no longer defending the Defense Against Marriage Act which tried to federalize what has historically been state law -- I’ve stood on side of broader equality for the LGBT community. And, I hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient. That that was something that would give people hospital visitation rights and other elements that we take for granted. And I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word marriage was something that evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth."
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He continued, "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."

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RELATED LINKS:
Joel Osteen on Claims He Preaches ‘Prosperity Gospel,’ Why Scripture Says ‘Being Gay Is a Sin’
Kirk Cameron Defends Gay Marriage Views, Weighs in on New Movie “Monumental”
Charles Krauthammer: The Signaling Is Clear That After Election Day President Obama Will Come Out in Favor of Gay Marriage

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