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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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Nicholas Forte

    In your FACE North Carolina!!!!

    May 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. grantlogic

    It's ABOUT TIME.

    May 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Dan

    There you go. Go Romney!

    May 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Obama2012

    Glad to see him finally speaking out about this. I think maybe hes starting to realize that his attempt to be a centrist and please everyone is whats hurting him. I hope he starts pushing what he believes in more and stops trying to appease moderates/conservatives.

    May 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Mitchell

    So, is he done being a bigot, or is he looking for votes?

    May 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Ronald

    Good for him. Glad he is willing to stand up for what he believes in. I will be voting for him again in 2012.

    May 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. flippy floppy

    President flip flop does it again!! This man would say he supports genocide if he thought it would get him re-elected.

    May 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. John in Alabama

    Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you.

    May 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. lovelokest

    Thank you Mr. President!

    May 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Pax Canning

    It's about time. It sure would be nice if one of these days the citizens of this country would mind their own business about how others live their lives.

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

    This shows we have a President who acknowledges the Christian God, but in no way cares what that God has to say.

    May 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Dan

    'Bout time. Why didn't he just say that to begin with instead of flopping around like a fish?

    May 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. a

    Yeah it's important for him personally; to get votes...

    May 9, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. bryan

    good for him!

    May 9, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. shawn l

    People that are against gay marriage will vote republican anyways, so don't know why he didn't just come out and say this ages ago.

    May 9, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Nene

    Obama has just lost the election with this comment.

    May 9, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. William

    Personally i dont think he is really for gay marriage, but like everyone else in Washington you have to lie to get people to vote for you. But if he is, it's ok with me- what 2 grown people decide to do with there lives, is there own business. This is still America, even thou most Republicans think its a 3rd world country and want to tell you what you can & cannot do.

    May 9, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Shawn

    Wow! You would almost think it was an election year.

    May 9, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Charlie

    Breaking News. Majority of NC residents don't like Obama.

    May 9, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. J in NJ

    Shockingly the majority of the contry disagrees with him on this topic also.

    May 9, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. george of the jungle

    Good for you Mr President. Now watch the repos do a fast shuffle and ol Mitt will flip again. Obama 2012 Forward

    May 9, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Toni

    Really? This just sounds like a vote-getting tactic to me.

    May 9, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Brian

    Way to go, Mr. President! Thank you! Maybe a little later than many would have liked, but...thank you for taking a stand. The majority of the country agrees with you and I pray that the majority will agree with me when I vote for you in November. We can now truly make this an issue in the election and force the GOP to stand up and say that they support bigotry and discrimination of the LGBT community.

    Brian
    "Reformed Republican"

    May 9, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. blah9999

    I guess he wrote off the republican vote.

    May 9, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    It's going to be so fun to bludgeon the GOPers/Teatrolls with this. Now, where's my popcorn...

    Hint for GOPers: Hate is not a part of a balanced breakfast.

    May 9, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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