May 9th, 2012
03:01 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama announces he supports same-sex marriage

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he supports same-sex marriage, raising the political stakes on an issue over which Americans are evenly split.

The announcement was the first by a sitting president and put Obama squarely at odds with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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  1. cali girl

    great news for the GLBT.

    May 9, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    HAHAHAH!!! Has Obama finally finished his "evolution"?!! Well, Obama nows thinks he needs to pander further to his noisy pushy gay base to get re-elected. Guess what? He's going to alienate 10 times as many black and hispanic voters.

    NICE going Biden! You flushed the leader-from-behind out from under his desk!!

    May 9, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    He floated a couple of baloons earlier this week (well, in Biden's case, it was floating a buffoon, not a baloon)... you had to see this coming. It will be real interesting to see the effects this has on his numbers.

    May 9, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. !ST SGT

    This marks your demise you complete moron. I always believed given enough rope you'd hang yourself. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MUSLIM OBAMA.

    May 9, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Morgans

    OK so now make it happen...no time like the present.

    May 9, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    Karl Rove is studying his options.

    May 9, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. samikep

    Funny how Obama changes his stance based on the polls....

    May 9, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Randy W

    I wish he would have said it earlier but I'm glad he finally said it.

    May 9, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Andy

    Thank you, Mr. President!

    May 9, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Scott, CA

    he got that one right

    May 9, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Dan

    BOOM!

    Hammer, meet head of nail!

    May 9, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. bend

    good for him

    May 9, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Secular Nation

    "The Bible is clear - God's definition of marriage is between a man and a woman." – Billy Graham, speaking about North Carolina's Amendment 1.

    The Bible is also clear that you should kill non-Christians (Exodus 22:20, Mark 6:11), that you should kill children who curse their parents (Leviticus 20:9), that you should beat your children for a variety of reasons (Proverbs 13:24, 19:18, 22:15, 23:13-14 & 29:15), that slavery is not only morally acceptable – but encouraged (Leviticus 25:44-46, Exodus 21:2-6, 21:7-11, Ephesians 6:5, 1 Timothy 6:1-2), and that rape is totally okay as long as the rapist either marries his victim afterwards or pays her father a fee... Also, in certain situations the victim should be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 22:23-24, 22:28-29, 2 Samuel 12:11-14, Judges 5:30, Zechariah 14:1-2). I don't remember the last time I heard Billy Graham advocate any of these positions...

    Then again, it doesn't matter at all what is or is not in the Bible because we live in a secular society in the year 2012 C.E., as much as Billy Graham and the voters of North Carolina may like to think otherwise. And in our secular society, the musings of 2000 year-old sand people do not laws make.

    May 9, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Holly in CA

    This is good news for Mitt Romney...all those those swing states

    May 9, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. R

    Obama/Biden 2012.

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Jane

    I'm a political moderate who had been conflicted on how to vote in the 2012 election. Obama just won my vote.

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Zach

    I think he is pulling for more votes...

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Kimberly

    Finally! Thank you sir!!

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. dre8791

    Way to go President Obama!

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. mexoplex

    here come the Bible Thumpers!!!!! LEEETTSSS get readddyy toooo be IGGNNOORRRAAAANNTTTTT!

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Aaron

    Yay! He finally came out of the closet!

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. olive blakock

    thats just swell

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. HeavyD

    Political BS. He couldn't say it two days ago but all of a sudden changed his mind...REALLY????

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Nick

    Finally!!! Obama....you have my vote this fall!!!! It's about TIME!!!

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Ethics Board

    Good for him, but really who cares. Politics and what you do in the bedroom really have place being discussed together.

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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