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POLL: Obama Backs Gay Marriage

President Obama made his historic pronouncement during an interview with ABC News.

President Barack Obama has publicly come out in support of gay marriage, the first time in history that a sitting U.S. President has ever done so. 

Obama gave the news to ABC News' Robin Roberts in an interview that will air on ABCs “Good Morning America" on 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,” Obama told Roberts.

The news comes just days after Vice President Joe Biden said he supports gay marriage.

In New Jersey, same-sex marriage advocates are rejoicing.

"I am overwhelmed with tears of joy, as our millions of other LGBT people and our millions of allies across America,” said Garden State Equality's Chair Steven Goldstein: “We will remember for the rest of our lives where we were when we heard the sitting President of the United States say he supports marriage equality. Today’s announcement by the President is of particular importance to those of us fighting in New Jersey and everywhere else marriage equality is up for grabs. No longer will opponents such as Governor Chris Christie be able to take cover by saying, 'Why are you going after me? My opposition to marriage equality is simply the same view as that of our President.' That political cover is now thrown into dustbin of history parked outside the archives of prejudice, collecting its rhetorical trash.

"Short of when America becomes a land of marriage equality, this is the happiest day of our political lives. I'm on Cloud 18." 

U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ)  praised Obama’s statement.

"President Obama's support for marriage equality marks an important moment for civil rights in America. We simply can not treat same sex couples as second-class citizens in our country. Marriage equality is one of the most significant civil rights battles of our time and is critical to guaranteeing the equal protection under the law promised to every American in the Constitution.   The President's support for marriage equality should inspire Congress, Governors and state legislatures to advance civil rights for all Americans." 

Last year, Lautenberg joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and others to introduce legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The “Respect for Marriage Act” would repeal DOMA and restore the rights of all lawfully married couples – including tens of thousands of same-sex couples – to receive the benefits of marriage under federal law.  

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Thomas Lotito May 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
KMN< re-read my post, you missed the data I provided for you, and Paul Krugman is not a reliable source for you?
Thomas Lotito May 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM
If I'm so bad at interpreting information, why do Democrats lose every election? Think again!
Kevin M. Nedd May 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Tom, That's not documented proof. It's only hearsay on something you claim Krugman said. You provided no supporting documentation. What do you have (that's documented) to refute the BLS data contained in the WSJ article I referenced above?
Kevin M. Nedd May 14, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I seem to recall you predicting President Obama losing in 2008. I guess you did a great job of interpreting the "information" on that one, right?
Kevin M. Nedd May 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Ok...now I agree with others who say it is time to ignore Tom Lotito. He has been given every opportunity to prove his false claim(s). Even with a chance to win $10,000 while doing so. He couldn't "perform" when the moment was right...
Andrea Dean May 14, 2012 at 04:48 PM
This poll needs to be posted in all of the nj counties, not just 3 - see where we stand as a state. I cannot get over the fact that only 25% of the people who voted support gay rights. Wake up people - it's 2012 - live and let live!
Joseph Keyes May 14, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I don’t really think about same sex marriage all that much until I see it batted around as a political issue by people pandering to the so-called evangelical right. People are going to make their own choices regardless of what powers dictate—witness the overwhelming number of Catholics who practice birth control despite it being against canon law. I don’t believe any group should be denied the freedom to marry anymore that they should be denied the vote, the freedom to ride on a bus, or eat at a restaurant. That said, the President stated his position and, hopefully, the 2012 campaign will focus on more pressing issues, like what to do about preventing yet financial sector debacle like that demonstrated last week at J.P. Morgan.
Hookerman May 14, 2012 at 06:03 PM
“People are going to make their own choices regardless of what powers dictate…”. What is this supposed to mean in relation to this debate??? Same-sex couples cannot ‘choose’ to acquire equal marriage rights (as Catholics couple can choose to use birth control), they will only have these marriage rights if it is legislated.
Kevin M. Nedd May 14, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Joseph, I agree with your sentiments up to the point where you seem to indicate ensuring equality for all who live in our great nation isn't a "pressing issue".
Joseph Keyes May 14, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Hookerman, my point is that gay marriage is being used by the political right as a divisive tool to distinguish themselves from “those people,” and by that I mean people who are not in line with their own philosophies and agendas, thus diverting attention away from other key issues that they do not want us to see. Its pertinence in this debate is exactly that point. Mr. Nedd, My comment about “pressing issues” was that in reinforcing the debate over gay marriage, even as another financial crisis (read today’s WSJ) erupts, takes the spotlight off of issues surrounding the inadequacies of regulatory agencies in place and the needed reforms that are being sand-bagged at every turn in congress. Key environmental issues, such a “fracking,” also go unnoticed in the media. Equal rights is always a pressing issue and can never be taken for granted.
Kevin M. Nedd May 14, 2012 at 10:06 PM
People are capable of focusing on more than one thing at a time. You may not have meant it but your comment was somewhat derogatory towards gays in how it could be interpreted.
stacie bohr May 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Thank you, K!
stacie bohr May 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I would embarrass myself if I tried to chime in on the political debate that this has led to. My fundamental question is WHO CARES if you are gay or straight. That was the initial point of this article, wasn’t it? Does that really matter in the grand scheme of equality? Who made anyone, regardless of religious/political beliefs, judge jury and executioner? It’s truly sickening. Can’t we all just be and focus on our own good/bad/BS that we have in our lives. I understand being vocal when it comes to politics as that is what democracy is all about but when it comes down to how people choose to live it is nobody’s business other than the person who is living it as long as they are living a good and honorable life in this country.
Kevin M. Nedd May 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Stacie, In a perfect world what you stated above would suffice. But the world's not perfect and gays unfortunately have to fight for basic rights due to bias and bigotry. I am happy to join them in the fight. In a perfect world what you stated above would suffice. But the world's not perfect and gays unfortunately have to fight for basic rights due to bias and bigotry. I am happy to join them in the fight. Part of this fight involves doing all that I can to ensure the only President to have come out in favor of same sex marriage is reelected. To do so, we must directly and aggressively challenge falsehoods and lies meant to discourage voters from supporting him in the fall. While unpleasant at times, this is why the "politics" is important.
Thomas Lotito May 15, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Homosexual marriage is not popular with the public an large, it was voted down in California. If it wasn't for activist judges there wouldn't be homosexual marriage anywhere.
Thomas Lotito May 15, 2012 at 01:55 AM
CBS Poll Romney has edge over Obama http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57434153-503544/poll-romney-has-slight-edge-over-obama/
Thomas Lotito May 15, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Hey Kevin, get your Air Jordan's, here's the Krugman story, with excuses....It’s true that 1.9 million fewer Americans have jobs now than when Mr. Obama took office. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/opinion/bain-barack-and-jobs.html?_r=1
Thomas Lotito May 15, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Suddenly Gallup is for idiots? Hookerman if you're an expert on poling data, where do you publish your poll? [sic]
Thomas Lotito May 15, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Barack Obama: Our First Gay-Female- President ....http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/05/obama-our-first-gay-female-black-hispanic-asian-jewish-president/52299/
Thomas Lotito May 15, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Too bad you didn't take stacie's advice long ago, it would have kept you out of court...
esquire908 May 15, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Before the esteemed KMN places his kneepads back into his prison duffel bag, perhaps the electorate would like to know whether Obama has any more Curiously Timed Moral Revelations up his sleeve? Because even the New York Times poll says the vast majority of Americans think Obama is just playing the "gays card": http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/us/politics/poll-sees-obama-gay-marriage-support-motivated-by-politics.html
Hookerman May 15, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Assuming you are married David, then you most likely have a certain legal document called a 'marriage license' that was issued by the state in which you got married. If this piece of paper is, in your mind, 'irrelevant', then why did you bother getting one??? Why didn't you simply go to whatever private (ie; religious) institution that you frequent and have them declare you married?
Mike May 15, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Dear American Taliban: Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
Mike May 15, 2012 at 03:14 AM
We don't need medicare or Obamacare... Jeremiah 30:17 ESV For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’
Kevin M. Nedd May 15, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Not sure what an erroneous prison reference has to do with the President’s historic support of same-sex marriage? Perhaps a few of your local GOP comrades, having served time in prison and/or on parole for crimes ranging from tax evasion, DUI, and violent assault could have used your advice and counsel prior to their arrests?
stacie bohr May 15, 2012 at 08:32 AM
KMN, I don't pretend to live in a "perfect world". I understand that politics are important. Please don't underestimate my intelligence. I am not sure if that was your intent and I honestly doubt it but don’t really care in the grand scheme of things. You and I are on the same page for the most part and if my "basic" concept isn't intelligent enough, I am sorry. I too am for equality and rights for everyone. I am against bigotry and biased behavior. Perhaps I don't speak my feelings as eloquently as you do. I respect and appreciate your fight. But what are we fighting for? Shouldn’t this be a given? That is a rhetorical question and not one that I’m looking for an answer on. These “fights” are so stupid and a waste of time and tax payer’s money. Was that okay to say? That’s not perfect world mentality…it’s logical and maybe a fairytale but I’ll stand behind my way of thinking. And Tom…please don’t use me to prove a point to KMN. I’m against everything you stand for.
Kevin M. Nedd May 15, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Stacie, In no way did I think you were uninformed. We are on the same team!
TD May 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Who iniated marrage the church or a goverment agency ?
Thomas Lotito May 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The community owes you stacie, you got Kevin to stop re-posting media lies about Obama failed presidency. You should have given him this advice before he was convicted of harassment. kudos!
Domino May 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Be careful Stacie, Lotito likes to throw out nasty comments and when you reply, he runs to the nearest municipal court, pulls out his three ring binder full of clippings he saves from the internet, and whines to the judge like a pathetic little boy that he was harassed and his family is in danger. Creep !!!!

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