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.

David May 13, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Uh, Mike, I didn't say Barack caused the current Depression. Do try to learn how to read. I said that this is a distraction from the current Depression. There were Depressions and as they used to call them "Panics" under Democrats and Republicans. The difference is that Depressions lasted longer than a couple years...under FDR and Barack. For example, there was a deep contraction after WWI, from 1919-1921, at least as bad, if not worse than the current Depression (measurements vary, but national product declined about as much as it did from 2007-2009). What happened? Did trillion dollar bailouts cause the Roaring 20's that followed? Did killing private sector projects like pipeline construction help get America out of those bad times? Nope. Tax rates were lowered and government spending shrunk. Hmm. Oh, under a Republican.
Leah Hall May 13, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I am trying to wrap my head around how jobs an same sex marriage are connected. My attempts at free association aren't working too well. Perhaps, Libertarianism. If you want the government out of our economy, never mind the federal reserve, the only intellectual consistent approach is to keep the government out of our bedrooms and personal lives. I have never understood the conservative desire to regulate our personal lives, while giving us free axis to guns and freedom from all economic regulation, even if for our presumed benefit.
David May 13, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Tell you what Leah, you agree to get government out of our economic lives, and I'll be more than happy getting government out of our personal lives.
David May 13, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Yet you understand your desire to regulate every aspect of our personal lives, while promising to stay out of our bedrooms (except for the mandated CFL lightbulbs, low-flow toilet in the master suite, low volatility paint etc). Never mind mandated every other aspect of our personal life, like what kind of health insurance we can buy, what kind of wage we can agree to, what kind of schools we must attend (if we can't afford 5 figure private schools to get out of the public school monopoly) what kind of business we can run. All to our presumed benefit.
Leah Hall May 13, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Wow. Winning the extention of civil rights for our LGBT fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers sure will cost the Libs a lot, apparently. Libertarians & right wing Christian evangelists are certainly shrewd negotiators. So congratulations, folks.
Falcon May 13, 2012 at 09:36 AM
I think much of what a president says and does is poll-tested first... And, I can think of many reasons why our country is "going to hell in a handbasket", and they have nothing to do with gay people. If God is punishing us for our sins, there is a long list that keeps growing... Since time immemorial there have been gays on this planet. I can almost guarantee you, Everyone, that there are gays in your family, whether you're aware of it or not. As time goes on, more and more are discovering gay members in their family, people they've liked and loved for years. This really helps break down the misconceptions about the gay lifestyle - that it's strange, kinky, sinful. We know our gay sisters and brothers, and they don't fit the gay stereotypes. I think more and more people are accepting gays because if they don't, then they're also turning their backs on their gay sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, uncles and aunts. I accept my brothers and sisters and won't turn my back on them because they're different than me, just as I hope they won't turn their backs on me. This is what God has taught me.
David May 13, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Won't cost you anything Leah, but your chains.
Tim May 13, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Fred, I agree with you that marriage is not a "right", but neither is driving a car. We don't tell gays and lesbians they can't drive a car, do we? How does allowing homosexuals to marry impact you? I agree there needs to be limitations. I don't want the Catholic Church being forced to marry gays against their beliefs. So from a religious standpoint, the churches should be protected, but from a legal standpoint, under the law, they should be allowed to marry. We should all be treated equally under the law. I disagree that this issue is costing Obama. Polls show that attitudes are changing on this issue and while polls are one thing and the ballot boxes are another, the vote for Prop 8 was much closer than the previous CA vote on the issue. Obama is hurting because he's been a failure as a leader. I'm much more concerned about the economy, housing market, unemployment and the corruption with Solyndra, the Justice Dept vs Arizona, Fast and Furious, etc. etc etc. I think you are playing right into Obama's hand by letting them pull the wool over your eyes with this gay marriage nonsense. Obama would much rather this election be about gay marriage than his record. I'm not taking the bait.
Leah Hall May 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
That must be what courage looks like. Good-bye, chains! Mean Boys - NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/12/opinion/blow-mean-boys.html Seeking Original Bliss -NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/opinion/sunday/dowd-seeking-original-bliss.html?src=me&ref=general
Leah Hall May 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM
"Oops!... I Did It Again" -Yahweh
David May 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Yes, courage that is only matched by: I ran up to Coretta and gave her a slight shove; she staggered back and looked up at me, but still said nothing. 'Leave me alone!' I shouted again. And suddenly Coretta was running, faster and faster, until she disappeared from sight. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election-2012/conservatives-counter-claims-mitt-romney-a-bully-obama-worse-article-1.1076353#ixzz1um5F6gOr And: Tim was not a conscious brother. Tim wore argyle sweaters and pressed jeans and talked like Beaver Cleaver. …His white girlfriend was probably waiting for him up in his room, listening to country music...."Tim's a trip, ain't he," I said, shaking my head. "Should change his name from Tim to Tom." Now that's a profile in courage. That's the guy you voted for. Pushing girls down and denigrating black men for "acting white."
David May 13, 2012 at 06:15 PM
And meanwhile, there are still 5 million fewer employed people than there were before the Depression began, unemployment among recent grads is 50%, and the country is $5 trillion more in debt.
Leah Hall May 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM
How gay is that?
David May 13, 2012 at 06:52 PM
It's not gay times at all for the 50% of college grads who can't get a job or the other millions of unemployed folks suffering the job killing policies of Obama economy.
Leah Hall May 13, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I actually love the the idea of running social progress outside of politics. Psst...one of Romney's campaign staffers needs to send Mighty Mitt the Memo... "Romney Tells Evangelicals Their Values Are His, Too" - NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/us/politics/romney-woos-evangelicals-treading-lightly-on-gay-marriage.html?ref=todayspaper "Mr. Romney’s message was that evangelicals could count on him to operate as president under “a common worldview,” including his position that marriage should be between only a man and a woman."
David May 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM
The NYTimes, just like the talkies of the '30's, ever ready to write about anything that distracts its dwindling cadre of middle-aged female readers from the outside world that is in the middle of a Depression. Soon to be extinct. Just like its readers.
Leah Hall May 14, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Yep. David's (?) talking points sure the hell are washing over the big hair of this middle aged (but still hot and vivacious) female. :)
Fred Eiger May 14, 2012 at 04:58 AM
OK Tim, using your logic, then perhaps we need to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Because how does a landlord or a property owner refusing to sell or rent to blacks affect you? Why should the government stand between a legal contract between two consenting adults? If a restauranteur wishes to put a sign "whites only" then how does it affect you? You're not concerned with his bottom line, he is. If you want the redefine marriage to include a man and a man or a woman and a woman, then let's have consistency in other "contracts".
Fred Eiger May 14, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Mike you must mean typical Democrat BS, less government to do any deviant, immoral sexual behavior unless we are attempting to legislate away private property.
Fred Eiger May 14, 2012 at 05:03 AM
So you're against gun ownership, but favor sodomy?
David May 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Leah, you've continually expressed that you would never be convinced by facts, including simple arithmetic on any political or economic point that refutes your world view/faith in 50-150 year old failed ideas that you feel are "progressive." It's not even amusing that you throw out that I'm a big meanie who'll never persuade you because I'm a big meanie, while at the same time, you've frequently insulted me. You're a hypocrite, Luddite believer in literally bankrupt socioeconomic religion. You're so rigid in your faith because you're so insecure in it. Just like all the other superannuated Berkeley "liberals" and other Bay Area fools who never graduated from the 60's, which, I'll remind you, was a half century ago.
Leah Hall May 14, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Mitt Romney 2012! (Evangelical Christian Biblle belters, Mormons and Wall Street can count on him and so can you).
David May 14, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Leah, Wall Street has (in 2008, giving over 20% of Barack's total campaign funds), and continues to give more money to Barack than Mitt. Yet another fact that inconveniently contradicts your religion, so you shall ignore it.
David May 14, 2012 at 03:05 PM
It's also a hoot to see your attacks on "evangelical Christians" when you're a member of the Board of your own Church, along with sending your kid to a religious school. keep rockin, hypocrite.
Leah Hall May 14, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Thank you for the shout out about my church home, David. More info about our welcoming community from www.stpaulsoakland.org: "St. Paul's is an Oasis Congregation which signifies that St. Paul's has completed an intentional process of reflection and education, signed a public affirmation of commitment to LGBT (GLTB) people, and is committed to participating in programs and actions that advance and fulfill the mission of Oasis/California. We are committed to: -- joining with other Oasis congregations in a network that extend themselves in welcoming LGBT people -- working for pastorally sensitive care for LGBT people in dealing with spiritual concerns -- the spiritual empowerment of LGBT people -- sharing the Good News of Christ -- witness, education and fellowship -- advocacy for the full inclusion of GLTB people throughout the Church St. Paul's members are active with the Episcopal Diocese of California. For instance, in 2008 a group of our parishioners participated in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. (see website for pics) In preparation for the parade, St. Paul's members met at a local home to talk about what motivated them to participate in Oasis. Watch our ordinary parish members (video link) at -- http://www.stpaulsoakland.org/oasis and hear what they have to say! My take away: God loves you! Come join us! :)
Leah Hall May 14, 2012 at 07:56 PM
More info about Oasis California, The LGBT Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California can be found by going to http://www.oasiscalifornia.org/
Leah Hall May 14, 2012 at 09:35 PM
and Fred, the type of guy a guy like David shouldn't get too close to. All that MAN APPEAL might rub off and turn him gay. :)
Leah Hall May 14, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Are you kidding? Second amendment and bare arms, brother! Nothing gay about pistols, boots, chaps, tight jeans, and ten gallon hats.
Leah Hall May 15, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Bishop Gene Robinson has a new book out called "God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage. In this video Gene Robinson talks about what moved hime to write the book and help readers understand how to be beyond tolerant - to be joyful when a same-sex couple invites you to their wedding. Moving past the politics and the headlines... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4kNDOePDRA "My friend, Bishop Gene Robinson, has long been a voice for equality—not with anger or vitriol, but with compassion and faith. He has been guided by the simple precept that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us." — President Barack Obama
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