VIDEO: Breaking News - President Obama Supports Marriage Equality

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Posted on May 9, 2012 - 3:18pm by Anonymous.

ABCNews.com

In an exclusive interview today with ABC News' Robin Roberts, President Obama clearly stated he now supports the right for same-sex couples to marry.  

"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,” Obama told Roberts, in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday. Excerpts of the interview will air tonight on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

Click here to watch the invterview.

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Billie Holliday (not verified) says:

May 9, 2012 - 10:41pm

Today was historic. As a gay man living in Florida I was so disappointed by the passage of the discriminating Constitutional Admenment blocking Gay Marriage. However, when California's courts legalized Gay Marriage I flew out there with my husband and got married. Then California voters overturned that law too. But our marriage is still recognized. Coming back to Florida, I got my new Social Security card with my married name (I took his last name), but was blocked at the DMV from recognizing California's Marriage Certificate. So, I went back to California (I have a home there too) and got my California Drivers License with no problem. When we decided to make Florida our home, again with my valid California Drivers License I was turned away. So, I looked online and found out that since President Obama stopped defending the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), I was able to apply for my passport to match my married name. Then I brought that into the Florida DMV and they had a puzzled look on their faces. What do I do, the girl asked her supervisor. Just give him his new name. And that has been my battle so far. Now, if the United States of America would Unite and repeal these discriminatory laws we can make headway. Today was a gigantic step towards marriage equality for all. Thank you President Obama - you have my vote and those who support me and my family through our struggles to be equal.



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May 9, 2012 - 11:26pm

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