In a landmark move today, President Barack Obama took a definitive stand on the issue of same-sex marriage – endorsing the rights of gay and lesbian couples to get hitched.
“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 said in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts.
His comments came just days after Vice President Joe Biden told reporters that he was comfortable with gay marriage.
Obama is the first president in our country’s history to back same-sex marriage, and his position marks a reversal from his 2008 campaign when he favored civil unions as an alternative.
Since then, he has described his views on the issue as “evolving,” and in December 2010, he ended the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevented gays from serving openly in the military.
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