It has been widely reported that President Obama expressed support for marriage equality, during an interview with Robin Roberts that aired on Good Morning America, on Wednesday morning.
I have to admit that hearing the President publicly voice his support for marriage equality was extremely gratifying. It wasn’t a dance in the streets moment here in San Francisco, but people definitely took notice of the President’s remarks.
According to Michael Memoli, writing for the Los Angeles Times - Politics Now blog,
Speaking Wednesday with ABC News' Robin Roberts, Obama said that he and his administration have long "stood on the side of broader equality for the LGBT community," pointing to the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy and the decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court, among others.
"I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought that civil unions would be sufficient," he said. "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."
That changed, Obama said, as he reflected more on the relationships of friends and staff and the feelings of gay members of the military who "feel constrained."
"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," he concluded.
The President has gone full circle on this issue. Will the Republicans call him a flip flopper? He was in favor of marriage equality, then he was not, and now he supports it again. He’s not a serial flip flopper like Willard Mitt Romney, so it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Thank you for doing the right thing Mr. President.
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