President Barack Obama: “Same-Sex Couples Should Get Married!”
President Barack Obama is making history once again. Not only is he the first African-American U.S. President. But, on Wednesday, May 9, the leader of the free world also became the first sitting president to give the thumbs up to same-sex marriage.
In an interview with ABC News broadcaster Robin Roberts, the father of two admitted that his opinion on gay marriage has shifted since moving into the White House. “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,” he said.
The father of two continued, noting that his daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, also had some influence on his evolving perspective. “Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples,” he said. “There have been times where Michelle [Obama] 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.”
Married to his First Lady since 1992, Barack decided not to back same-sex unions while running for president in 2008. But, after talking to Michelle, he admits he began to see things differently. “This is something that, you know, we’ve talked about over the years and she, you know, she feels the same way, she feels the same way that I do,” he said. “And that is that, in the end, the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, you know, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president.”
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