Obama on same-sex marriage: everyone is equal
March 1st, 2013
03:08 PM ET
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Obama on same-sex marriage: everyone is equal

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Friday that he would strike down a ban on same-sex marriage if he were on the Supreme Court, and that he believed his administration was obligated to weigh in on a California case before the justices.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama opened up about his rationale for signing off on a government brief that was filed in an appeal of California's 2008 prohibition of same-sex marriage.

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  1. just sayin

    well if every one is equal then i want polygamy legalized too. who are you all to tell me i can't have my 4-5 wives?

    March 1, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. jpmichigan

    Obama would like to take away the American people rights of choice. He wants a dictatorship government , of which he is head off. It is like slavery all over again, but this time it includes all races. Ability of one to choose what wants or needs , make an American different and special. Our President would enjoy taking away from us our give right of freedom of choice.

    March 1, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    just sayin wrote:

    well if every one is equal then i want polygamy legalized too. who are you all to tell me i can't have my 4-5 wives?
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    Go for it. But the so called christian conservatives would be the ones to try to stop you. Most liberals could care less. As far as they're concerned it would be God's hands, and improper for them to pass judgement on another person.

    March 1, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Ind.

    Under the presidents argument polygamy and any other type of marriages should be legalized also.

    March 1, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Ind.

    The question of equality is are you going to treat everyone equally or is your goal to make everyone equal which we know is impossible.

    March 1, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. kayla

    by the comments on this post, now i know why this country is in a mess, stupid people.

    March 1, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    jpmichigan

    Obama would like to take away the American people rights of choice. He wants a dictatorship government , of which he is head off. It is like slavery all over again, but this time it includes all races. Ability of one to choose what wants or needs , make an American different and special. Our President would enjoy taking away from us our give right of freedom of choice.
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    Pres. Obama announced a support to opposition to the gay marriage ban. Which freedom or right is he "taking away from us", and who exactly is "us"? Is he taking away your right to tell other people how to live their lives?

    March 1, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Ind.

    Nothing like trying to discredit who you're debating by calling them crazy or stupid.

    That just proves those people can't even debate the topic.

    March 1, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Clint

    I demand equally for my sheep Bessie. No woman alive can beat her. One you go Baaaaa, you never go baaaaack.

    March 1, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Ancient Texan

    Just one of many 180 degree about faces by this national treasure.

    March 1, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. chucky1169469

    jpmichigan: Wrote

    "Obama would like to take away the American people rights of choice. He wants a dictatorship government , of which he is head off. It is like slavery all over again, but this time it includes all races. Ability of one to choose what wants or needs , make an American different and special. Our President would enjoy taking away from us our give right of freedom of choice."
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    But it's you that want to take away the freedom of gays to marry. And the freedom of religion.

    March 1, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. lottie

    good ol boy Clint Eastwood is backing marriage equality. So what will the repos have to say now. ???? Flip Flop I guess they better get behind immigration too if they want to exist. But they may have screwed themselves today with the sequester. As a party they are becoming irrelevant. Hard to imagine they got the violence against women passed even with the repos holding it up.

    March 1, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. robertholt

    “And he answered and said, Have ye not read, that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?” Matthew 19:4,5. Here, Jesus lets us know that marriage is ordained by God to be between and man and a woman. If man comes along and tries to alter that, then we can expect the judgment of God.

    March 1, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Ancient Texan wrote:

    Just one of many 180 degree about faces by this national treasure.
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    Uh. Tell that to Sean Hannity or any number of other prominent conservative leaders.

    March 1, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. freedom

    I was against it before I was for it? Where have we heard that before....

    March 1, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    Well most of the people are turning pro.

    March 1, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Chris

    Why don't I get the same tax deductions as a married couple, gay or straight? Apparently I'm not "equal" being a single man with no kids...

    March 1, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Oppressing the ability of would-be oppressors to oppress their intended victims has a name: "defending life, liberty and the pursuit of happined."

    Don't like it? Feel like you're being persecuted because we're stopping you from oppressing others? Go live in Somalia.

    March 1, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |