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What do you think of Obama's support for same-sex marriage?

President Barack Obama became the first president in history to publicly support same-sex marriage equality,

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?

John Ballew May 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM
It was inspiring to see the President take a stand and show real leadership on the issue, the civil rights issue of our time. I think it is also a sign that the consensus in the United States is shifting. Interesting timing, compared with the vote in North Carolina the day before. Can there be any doubt that a generation from now children will be asking their parents if it was true there were laws against loving relationships simply because they were made of two women or two men?
Jeff K May 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I applaud our President for this bold move, and I certainly applaud Congressman Lewis for his support. These stands represent the willingness to shift thinking towards the times which we are in, not those of many many many years passed.
rick May 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Finally, a President / Vice President that doesn't wait until they leave office to endorse equal rights (Clinton,Bush,Cheney)
adriana soto May 10, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I have nothing against gay couples and have gay relatives but still believe marriage is between a woman and a man.Votin not be based on a president’s view; it only encourages hypocrisy saying things for vote or political advantage, but really is not sincere.
adriana soto May 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Abortion, gay views, religions should be out in referendums to avoid insincere estatements for political gain. Majority reingns, sorry, no other way, even if I dont agree.
Doug moody May 10, 2012 at 02:37 PM
President OBama's statements on same sex marriage, the Civil Rights issue of our generation, was very moving and inspiring for ALL Americans. With so much at stake in this devisive election year, he and VP Joe Biden have courageously demonstrated that truth outshines all injustice and that Democracy is sacred and very much different from the "Mob Rule" government. This is our beloved US Constitution at work, in action, and working perfectly! It is exactly why we have three brances of government, as established wisely by our nation's founding fathers. President O'Bama's message is quite simple: Get with the 21st Century, America! Both President O'Bama and VP Joe Biden have been elevated to "hero" status in my book!
Samuel Stephen Wright May 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Thank you Mr President!
Neal Miller May 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I admire and appreciate President Obama's courage, strength, honesty and support of EQUAL Cival Rights for all Americans! Gay Marriage should not be an "issue" to anyone other than the gay couple getting married. THANK YOU Mr. President!!!
Amanda Cucher May 11, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Suddenly I'm as optimistic as I was in 2008. Thank you Mr. Preseident!
Clicker May 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Obama flip-flops on an issue and it is called "growth" or "evolution."

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