In an interview Wednesday with ABC's Robin Roberts, President Barack Obama said, "It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."
Later in a statement, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA5) announced his support for what he called the president's growth on the same-sex marriage issue and is happy to see him and other Americans beginning to "empathize with the struggles of same-sex couples."
Lewis represents the 5th Congressional District of Georgia that Midtown is a part of. His complete statement is as follows:
“In President Obama's interview with Robin Roberts, he described the kind of steps many Americans have taken on the issue of same sex marriage.
Once people begin to see the similarities between themselves and others, instead of focusing on differences, they come to recognize that equality is essentially a matter of human rights and human dignity.
The President's growth reflects the growth of many Americans on this issue. I am glad to see more Americans, including President Obama, empathize with the struggles of same sex couples and express willingness in state after state to give their unions the same legal rights as other married couples.”
How do you feel about this?
Is this a “major turning point in the history of American civil rights” as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said?
Is the president taking an unnecessary political risk on a divisive issue and do you see this becoming a major issue in the presidential election?