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. You heard it worst on CNN

    Tick tock, flip flop. Anything for a vote.

    May 9, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Fredrick

    Mmh.. This is final and God is around to come.

    May 9, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Ajemina

    Obama must be mad, He thinks that we are not awere that he is an agent of the end time!!! may God deliver his soul...

    May 9, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. You heard it worst on CNN

    Folks ignore Dominican Mama. She refeuls when she sees Obama is in for serious trouble trying to get reelected. lol

    May 9, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The federal law on the books is DOMA. Obama has sworn an oath to enforce the laws of this land. What he wants personally is irrelevant. As much as he wants to be, he is not a dictator. He can do NOTHING to make this happen. This is pure smoke and mirror manure. He will can only use it to further attack and divide this country, not that he need to do it more.

    Thanks to Biden for outting Obama. He has ensured Obama is a one term President. Personally, I think Hillary Clinton put him up to it!! Clears the path to run in 2016.

    May 9, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    I can hardly wait to see the reception the Democrat Party gets in North Carolina when they hold their convention there. Will the Democrat Party sponsor some gay pride parades as part of the event???

    May 9, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Nkiru

    President Obama,it is not good for you to support evil. So many people re going to hell o. Hell is real. Heaven is also real. Repent!

    May 9, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Cue the crazy religious freaks in 3,2,1.....

    May 9, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. vbscript2

    Well, this should make it easier for Romney to win. Remember that even CA voted against this?

    May 9, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    "Why is it when Romney changes position on an issue he is "flip-flopping"?

    But when Obama changes position, he is "evolving"?"

    You might have a point if Rmoney ever admitted to "evolving" in is views. Instead he jumps right, then left, then right again. Not seeing any "evolution" here.

    May 9, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. American

    President Obama has the courage to take a stand on principle, which the majority of Americans support.

    President Obama 2012

    May 9, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. robertholt

    I wonder how many votes he will lose over this.

    May 9, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Omar Dice

    Mitt Romneys great great grandfather had 12 wives. Mitt is a mormon. I guess his religion did not evolve. President Obama 2012

    May 9, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. bill

    He could easily 'evolve' into being against it at any moment.

    May 9, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Is Obama a puppet President?

    To: American
    "President Obama has the courage to take a stand on principle, which the majority of Americans support."

    Yeah, it only took him THREE YEARS to gather this courage! Thanks for pointing out how much of a failure Obama is as a leader!

    May 9, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. ezduzit757

    And Mitt Romney fired his newly hired foreign policy spokesman for being gay – just because some radio bozo didn't like it. Talk about pandering for votes.

    May 9, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. 1 pa

    Obama u're doomed!!!! U hear? Finished!!!

    May 9, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Abraham

    May God have mercy on you Obama

    May 9, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Ken

    A brave and gutsy move on the part of the President. He stands on a principle.

    Oh – if only Mitt had the cajones to do the same sort of thing instead of doing his weathervane number!

    May 9, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Semduvida

    @American – You're funny but patheric.

    May 9, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. michiganman

    With Romney flip floping so much, I'm waiting for him to come out of the closet!

    May 9, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Once again, Obama asks the country to BEND FORWARD and take another nasty taste of his far left agenda. Do you need any more proof that Obama is a FAR LEFT LOON America???

    May 9, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Edwinfred

    It is very bad of you Obama,have you forgoten what the scripture said?Have you forgottebn about Sodom & Gomorah or you think its a mere story? Where is your faith?Do not lead yourself to hell just because of politics and power,think about yourself, children and your life after death.Why not quit politics rather than to sow your preciouse soul to devil,Galetian chapter 6:7,it said:be not decieve God is not moch for whatsoever a man sow so shall he reap therefore repent ! repent !! repent now !!! before its too late.

    May 9, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Heather S.

    I've never been so proud of a President of the United States. Thank you for your words and your bravery, President Obama!

    May 9, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Will10

    I love reading some the religious nuts on here. I thought this country was about freedom. Seems most Christians on here only want Freedom if its based on THEIR belief system. This is why Religion should never be allowed to control Government

    May 9, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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