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Obama Supports Gay Marriage — Your Thoughts?

Barack Obama is the first sitting American president to publicly and officially support gay marriage.

After years of pressure from the American public, civil rights groups and the media, President Barack Obama gave a definitive answer on his stance on gay marriage Wednesday morning in an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts.

In the video, which you can watch to the right, Obama says the following:

"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.”

With this announcement, Obama becomes the first sitting American president to publicly and officially offer support for gay marriage. For now, his views remain personal and not related to any policy. 

In Santa Cruz County, Board of Supervisors candidates sounded off on LGBT issues in March. Learn their stances on the issues here.

What do you think of Obama's announcement? Is it long overdue? Unnecessary as gay marriage is handled by the states? Vote in the poll below and tell us in the comments!

Beth of Aptos May 13, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Thank you, Cissy, and may you also have a happy Mother's Day. I have a daughter, Rebekkah, who lives in Pittsburgh, PA. I am a counselor for a school for special needs children, and so, once a year (at least), I believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. Have to.... around those angels.
David H. Perez May 13, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Reagan was one of the worst presidents in history in my opinion. His ridiculous "trickle down economics" theory was the beginning of the end, and we have been feeling its effects since the beginning of this recession. There is plenty of money out there, but the "1%" has most of it and it never seems to trickle down to the rest of us.
David H. Perez May 13, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Willow, if you are not already part of the rich elite, you will never be under Romney. He is only out for himself and his rich friends. He has no clue that the rest of us even exist.
Willow May 13, 2012 at 09:13 PM
David Perez, this opinion forum has strayed way off the gay marriage issue. Personally, while I think adults should be left alone to love whom they will, as long as minors are not involved, I don't think a stand for or against gay marriage has much to do with the state our country is in right now. It is the economy that matters, not the genders of committed partners. As for where I stand financially, I, like everyone else in this country, would love to be financially independent. I've worked hard to get to where I am, without hand outs, but with helping hands along the way. I do not like a nanny state or welfare state, but I do recognize that helping hands are necessary for many people. I want the United States as a whole to be successful, and pray that poverty is eradicated, not by hand outs but by good, hard work and success. I think a man who understands business is more likely to understand what it takes to put people to work than a community organizer. Again, that has nothing to do with gay marriage, and that is the subject of this forum. I will say this, though, and chance being trompped upon. The sexuality of anyone is that individual's business, and it is not a subject for parades, anymore than being heterosexual is a reason for having a parade.
Jacob Bourne May 13, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Willow, the point of gay pride parades is not to put homosexuality on display. It's about celebrating and recognizing an unfairly discriminated minority. It's a civil rights issue. As is gay marriage. And until every person has equal protection and rights under the law of this country, we unquestionably have civil inequality here in America. For me, civil rights are as important, if not more important than the economy.

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