Obama: ‘I think same sex couples should be able to get married’

I mentioned earlier that Pres. Obama was going to give an interview clarifying his “evolving” position on same-sex marriage. The video of the key moment is below. The key passage goes like this:

“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.”

Here’s the video:

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 05/10/2012 - 08:51 am.

    It’s good that he’s finally caught up with Romney:

    Romney 1994, letter to Log Cabin Republicans:

    …. As a result of our discussions and other interactions with gay and lesbian voters across the state, I am more convinced than ever before that as we seek to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent……One issue I want to clarify concerns President Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue” military policy. I believe that the Clinton compromise was a step in the right direction. I am also convinced that it is the first of a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation’s military. That goal will only be reached when preventing discrimination against gays and lesbians is a mainstream concern, which is a goal we share….


  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 05/10/2012 - 08:53 am.

    Fifty Years from Now

    We’ll look back on the history of this time and realize that allowing two people of the same gender to marry each other had absolutely NO effect on the rate or success of the marriages of people of opposite genders.

    Hopefully by that time our “conservative” brothers and sisters will have come to a more adequate and accurate understanding of their own very human natures,…

    developed models for human relationships and communication within them which allow them to more effectively preserve and protect their own “straight” marriages,…

    and will have stopped projecting their fears regarding the weaknesses of their own straight relationships and their own ineptness within those relationship onto others and attacking those others for the shortcomings they cannot acknowledge within themselves.

  3. Submitted by Peder DeFor on 05/10/2012 - 11:02 am.

    Two Cheers for Obama

    I agree with him on gay marriage, but I want to hold back some of my praise since his route to get there was less than admirable. I wonder what his supporters make of this though: ‘The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own.’
    I’m ok with a patchwork system for a while. It fits in with my sense of the positives of federalism. Are other gay marriage supporters ok with this though?

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 05/10/2012 - 03:24 pm.


    Obama’s statement regarding state’s rights is consistent with the fact that marriage is regulated mostly at the state level. The federal government is involved when civil and other rights abuses occur.
    There’s no right to get married under the Constitution, but there IS a right to equal treatment before the law.

    • Submitted by Peder DeFor on 05/11/2012 - 08:47 am.

      Equal Treatment

      So if gay couples have different marriage options in different states, is that still equal treatment? That doesn’t seem to square with other arguments that gay marriage *must* be valid under the Constitution.

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 05/11/2012 - 09:38 am.


    If ALL citizens are treated equally under the law of a given state then the Constitutional requirement is satisfied.
    That’s why different states can have different drivers license requirements, as long as those requirements affect all citizens equally.
    It works all the down to municipalities. Your town can have a building code that is different from the next town, as long as that code is applied in the same way to all residents.

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