In a historic interview, US President Barack Obama says he’s now in support of marriage equality.
“I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue,” he told ABC News (below). “I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equality,” he began.
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years, as I have talked to friends and family and neighbours, 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.”
The response to Obama’s new support for marriage equality was instant via Twitter:
Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I’m overwhelmed.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 9, 2012
Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others!— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) May 9, 2012
With the US Election coming on November, Obama’s crew has been courting the gay vote.
Vice President Joe Biden said he was “comfortable” with the idea of gay marriage, and the Obama re-election crew have released a graphic highlighting the President’s progress on LGBT issues.