The news in North Carolina was upsetting. But today, for the first time, a United States president has said he supports same-sex marriage. In an interview with Robin Roberts on CBS News the President said, "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."
President Obama has said his views on marriage have been "evolving." It is likely he's been supportive of same-sex marriage all along, but was afraid to say so because he didn't want to lose votes. Yet, despite yesterday's loss in North Carolina, Americans are moving toward acceptance of same-sex marriage, as was revealed by a Gallup poll earlier this week.
This is historic news and will greatly distinguish President Obama from his Republican opponent Mitt Romney in the 2012 elections.
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