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Poll: Obama Favors Same-Sex Marriage. Do You?

The president told ABC News that his thinking has "evolved" on the subject of same-sex marriage. How do you feel about his decision?

President Obama told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that he now supports same-sex marriage.

The president still supports states deciding the issue on their own. But he said his personal views had gone through an "evolution" based on conversations with family and friends, especially the views of his own daughters.

”You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples," Obama said in an interview. "There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”

What is your opinion of same-sex marriage? How do you feel about Obama's change of heart? Take our poll and tell us more in the comments.

jb May 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM
i not for same sex marriage but i do feel people have the right to choose what they do with thier life. It should be about being gay but about the promise of being an american. to have the freedom:To dream! To Build! To fail or succeed! We have more pressing issues to deal with. Jobs,education for our kids, home losses, crime, racism, ect.......
Ken Martin May 11, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Isn't it interesting that Obama is now in favor of same-sex marriages when, in the 2008 campaign he went on record (and was taped) as saying marriage was between a man and a woman! Apparently the gay vote is bigger now that it was in 2008. So is his hypocrisy. Is this the kind of leadership we want? He is obviously more interested in getting elected than sticking to his principles. But he still has a problem. A significant number of states that he needs to carry to get elected have approved laws against same-sex unions. He may have just shot himself in the foot by pandering to the gay community. Let's hope!
Dave Ketels May 11, 2012 at 02:56 AM
What is the big issue about same-sex marriage? Do "straight" couples have the monopoly on monogamy? Look at the divorce rate and you see that we (I'm straight and married for a number of years) aren't all that good at choosing our partners. Are we better "parents"? Not necessarily. OK, so we can procreate naturally. So what? What difference does that make today? The very definition of "family" has changed radically since I was in school, so I'm not understanding the negative arguments. On top of all that is the whole Equal Rights thing. The law is very specific that a person cannot be discriminated against based on age, race, sex, religion, or sexual orientation. Admittedly, this amendment to the Constitution was never intended to address this issue. But, denying same-sex couples the right to marry is a form of discrimination- based specifically on sexual orientation. That's very clear-cut in my mind, and I have not seen or heard any arguments that can counter that.
Ken Martin May 11, 2012 at 02:19 PM
It wouldn't be a "big issue" if the gays didn't push it so hard. The gay stance of "your going to accept it whether you like it or not" has created a backlash that has made this a "big issue". I agree that it shouldn't even be an issue, especially one in a presidential election. People should be able to do as they want but please don't push it my face and force me to take sides. This is what is happening and causing the "big issue".
Deborah Gonzalez May 11, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I don't recall having a choice about my sexuality. Neither do I recall being able to pick my skin color, hair type etc. I can't help the fact that I am who I am. Many years ago in America, I would have been unable to marry my husband because of my skin color. I see absolutely no reason why two consenting adults, regardless of sexual orientation, should not be allowed to marry. Live and let live. Marriage, as it stands today, is a civil contract between two people. If people want to be married in some religious ceremony, then that's great. However, they would not be legally married, in the eyes of the law, unless the proper paperwork was filled out and submitted. No one is forcing anyone to do anything against their religion, but they are seeking equality under the law.
Rob Phillips May 11, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Ken, no one's asking you to accept gay marraige, whether you like it or not. People are DEMANDING THAT YOU ALLOW IT, whether you like it or not. There's a difference. You can still believe its not "right," according to whatever religious dogma you were inculcated with from birth. But as America's population evolved from a predominantly white Christian conservative one in 1782 to a more culturally, reilgiouslly and racially diverse one, it was inevitable that many Americans demanded that our laws reflect the true equality our founding fathers dreamed up and purge them of prejudices and inequalites that were accepted as "normal" by those white Christian conservatives in 1782. That's why, over time, the laws have been changed to not allow housing discrimination, racial discrimination, sexual discrimination etc., all things that were commom practice in 1782. And did this change by the goodwill of those in power? It only changed when those being discriminated against pointed to the constitution and DEMANDED CHANGE! And even thought they were a minority, compassionate and fair Americans side with them and also demaned change. Don't worry, acceptance will come in time, when gay and lesbians can marry and people see the sky didn't fall. Or, you can go into bunker mentality and send you kid's to conservative religious school and keep your family social circle to like minded luddites. Your kids will eventually grow out it though and accept what's obvious to the rest of us.
Ken Martin May 11, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Rob, you sure spewed out a lot of words that are completely off the subject. The subject is (or was) Barack Obama's flip-flop on same sex marriage. It is not the history of discrimination and its effects and your view thereof. Why do Patch commenters have such a hard time staying on the original subject?
Larry Kinslow May 14, 2012 at 01:28 AM
For me it's pretty simple.People that expend so much energy trying to "deprive" other folks from benefiting from the same "rights" they enjoy truly angers me. All the reasons given for denying this specific right (same -sex marriage) can be summed up in two words. "JUST BECAUSE"!!!
Larry Kinslow May 14, 2012 at 06:18 AM
I'm of the opinion that it is wrong to make statements based, solely, for political reasons. However, if a person makes a statement and over time gains more knowledge of the subject or his/her thought process on the subject broadens to the point where he/she is just convinced that his/her initial statement is not the way he/she feels at the present time, then sticking with the initial statement is a lie. I get so sick & tired of hearing the phrase "flip[-flop".
Larry Kinslow May 14, 2012 at 06:21 AM
With all due respect, it's not the ones asking for "equal rights" that is making this a "big issue", it's the ones fighting against this "simple request" .

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