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Obama Backs Gay Marriage, Malloy Agrees [Poll]

The president told ABC News that his thinking had 'evolved' on the subject. How do you feel about his decision?

The day after voters in North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman, President Obama told ABC News on Wednesday that he now supports gay marriage.

The president -- who still supports states deciding the issue on their own -- said his personal views had gone through an "evolution" based on conversations with family and friends and the views of his own daughters.

"They are much more comfortable with it," the president told Robin Roberts in an interview to be shown on ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday. Excerpts will air tonight on ABC's "World News with Diane Sawyer."

"You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples," Obama said in the interview. "There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we're talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently. It doesn't make sense to them and frankly, that's the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective."

In a statement, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy responded to Obama. 

"I applaud President Obama's support for same-sex marriage. This is an historic day for civil rights," Malloy said. "Equal rights should be granted to all. We in Connecticut agree."

How do you feel about Obama's change of heart? Take our poll and tell us more in the comments.

MAC May 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Obama is only "coming out" with this view now as a political calculation, because LGBT activists have more than the average income available to contribute to his campaign. "Marriage" is naturally defined and understood for millennia, around the world in pretty much all cultures, as the "union of a man and a woman." There is nothing discriminatory about that. And citizens of NC, now the 30th state to do so, have simply affirmed that foundational, time-honored definition of society's--and a nation's--most critically important institution. That is what most Americans recognize, and how they vote, when given the opportunity. We in CT were denied that opportunity, and don't even have the legal right under our state Constitution to have Voter Referendums/Initiatives as they do in most states. Again, voters in North Carolina did not vote to "ban gay marriage." They voted to affirm and protect society's most foundational institution from being redefined by activists using the courts.
Jason Bagley (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 12:37 AM
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2b May 10, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Mac, how many town's Patch sites do you think you can post your hilarious "coming out" joke? I'm surprised you're so tech-savvy being that you live in 1955.
MAC May 12, 2012 at 05:16 AM
It is a simple fact that it takes a man and a woman--male AND female--to create children, and thus the family unit which is the foundation of a prosperous and thriving society/nation. That is no accident of nature, as children need both a mother and a father--male AND female parents--for healthy development. Same-sex couples raising children are telling those children, by their very everyday lifestyle example, that the other gender is dispensable and entirely unnecessary other than for genetic material and/or a surrogate womb. It is also ironic that when it is constantly claimed by leftists that Republicans are focusing on "social" issues, it has for months been Obama and his lackeys who are bringing them up as a distraction from Obama's terrible record of economic and jobs performance! He is trying to divert/distract voters from that record by creating racial and gender divides and class envy, as well as pandering to the gay activist campaign bundlers who constituted 20% in the 2008 campaign, but have been abandoning him. The irony is that his empty words do nothing to change any laws, but maybe make a few LGBT types feel better about themselves. Note that Obama still said the states have the right to make these decisions, which is one of the very few times he has given any respect to the Constitution!

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