President Barack Obama has come out in support of same-sex marriage.
Just days after Vice President Joe Biden spoke out in support of gay marriage, President Obama has said he personally feels that same-sex couple should be allowed to wed.
"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," the president told ABC News, "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."
The president admits that he’s been "going through an evolution on this issue," but he now sees marriage as a basic civil right.
"I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equal," said President Obama, who explained why it took him a while to come around on this issue. "I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient."
But this declaration may not be reflected an immediate shift in policy because the president said that it should ultimately be up to the states to decide on the matter.
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