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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.

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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