POLL: President Obama Supports Gay Marriage, Do You?

On Wednesday, the president came out in support of marriage equality.


On Wednesday, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to publicly announce his support for gay marriage, The Huffington Post reports:

In a nod to a dramatic shift in public opinion, Barack Obama on Wednesday became the first sitting president to announce his support for same-sex marriage.

In a sit-down interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, Obama completed what has been a markedly long and oft-mocked evolution on the matter.

"I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly," Obama told Roberts, in an interview that will air in full on ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday.

"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," he said.

Gov. Dannel Malloy released a statement Wednesday afternoon in response to Obama's announcement.

“I applaud President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage," he said. "This is an historic day for civil rights. Equal rights should be granted to all. We in Connecticut agree.”  

Chandra Johnson-Greene contributed to this report.

S Tadik May 09, 2012 at 09:39 PM
No tatoos, no pork and no gay marriage.
Dunn Glenbar May 09, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I wholeheartedly support gay marriage. Let them have the same opportunity to be as miserable as the rest of us.
Four Jacks May 09, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Good one, Dunn.
Mary Singh May 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Yes, I support gay marriage!!!
eric May 10, 2012 at 09:39 AM
It's time for a new President.
Glen K Dunbar May 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Who wrote above using my name???? That was NOT my writing. Yet, if You want my opinion (I will list it regarless) I have to say I agree w/Mr. Obama. Why not. I support it. I can't relate to it at all. I am not that way. But, I guess they should be free to do what they want. I also have to say I support Mr. Obama and think he is a real down to earth guy that cares for the little guy. I know I would never be able to. But, I would LOVE to sit down over tea w/him and tell him my woes. I think I will vote for him for sure. GLEN
Tom May 10, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I seriously could not care any less about gay marriage. In the grand scheme of things it is so unimportant if a gay couple gets married or not. It has no effect on my life.
RoccoGeno May 10, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Of course it wasn't you Glen. Dunn Glenbar was actually funny instead of constantly complaining and whining like you. What does your daughter think of your never ending singing of the blues? She must be mortified.
MC May 10, 2012 at 02:33 PM
RoccoGeno, Glenn's patch comments make my day--keep at it Glenn! They make me laugh. And to Dunn Glenbar, you keep at it too, that was funny! I think everyone needs to lighten up (except Glenn, don't you change a thing). I'll start a Glenn fan club.
Glen K Dunbar May 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Thank you so much MC. "Yay Me !!" Rocco: Actually, Thankfully, my daughter/wife no nothing about my posts. I got in trouble a few years back. So, I have to be careful how I word things. Another example of how I am being victimized. Glen
Glen K Dunbar May 10, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Actually, I got in trouble twice UNJUSTLY 2007 and 2010. So much for Freedom of Speech/Press. It is free to all except Glen.
RoccoGeno May 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Glen: How could they not know? Do they live in a cave in Mongolia?
Glen K Dunbar May 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
They do not go on Patch at all I don't think. Which is GOOD for me.
TH May 11, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Tom I agree, but Obama needs to take the focus off of his dismal domestic policy record and failed stimulus bills by making these types of issues "newsworthy". He has failed on all campaign promises yet thinks he deserves to be re-elected... Here's hoping he does win
TH May 11, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Damn autocorrect, I meant to type doesn't win
TH May 11, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Glen is the only reason I check this site.... Count me in as member number two of the GKD fan club.... Keep being miserable Glen.
Tom May 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM
What do they think you do all day?
Hope May 11, 2012 at 01:41 PM
How true Tom. Perhaps the real issue is that many want to see matrimony and or holy matrimony remain traditional. Since gay marriage is "different" it might be logical to call the union of same sex partners with a separate term such as, "Gay alliance union".
Glen K Dunbar May 11, 2012 at 02:37 PM
RoccoGeno May 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Work at complaining
Kendall L Owott May 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Iterated and Reiterated This is supposed to be a forum to complain about President Obama or gay marriage. Instead it has turned into repeated complaints about life and repeated complaints about complaints about life. Let's return to the original subject which is why Barack Obama's opinion is irrelevant since gay marriage is a decision by the states. Apparently Mr. Obama was preparing an announcement and Biden his time but got upstaged by his impatient underling. This is clumsy political theater.
louise ross August 21, 2012 at 07:52 PM
there is nothing wrong with being gay! gays are my friends! why? because unlike alot of people here, i dont judge people on who they are! if my best friend, boy or girl told me they were gay i wouldnt think any less of them! you should spend some time with gay people, or at gay support groups, you will soon learn that you are believing the gay STEREOTYPE! gay people are normal people! they just love different than you do, its the same thing as hating someone because they arent like YOU! and NOBODY is the same! and there is nothing wrong with wanting to be happy with the one you love, love knows no gender!
Marc R. March 15, 2013 at 04:16 AM
I know this thread is so old, but just saw it. It really should not be a state issue. That would tear families apart if they move from one state to another. A couple with children, who move because of job relocation for example, could become 2 "random people" and foster kids, Not good.


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