October 28th, 2010
06:10 PM ET
12 years ago

A shift in Obama's same-sex marriage vow?

Washington (CNN) –There may be some wiggle room in President Obama's unwavering opposition to same-sex marriage. Speaking to a group of liberal bloggers Wednesday the President said that "attitudes evolve, including mine."

It appeared to be a departure from his stance of supporting civil unions only but not same-sex marriage.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said this evolution in the President's thinking is a result of discussions he's had with "colleagues and co-workers and hears them talking about being treated differently.

And the President internalizes that." Gibbs could not say if this process would eventually lead the President to embrace same-sex marriage as law, but he reiterated that conversations on this issue have enlightened Mr. Obama.

"They're good parents, they're good people, and that's something that he thinks about." This comes as the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is tangled in the legal system.

The Justice Department has appealed a court ruling that would allow openly gay people to serve in the military. Even though President Obama says the policy is discriminatory, he wants the case to be decided by Congress not the courts.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. astro24102

    The degredation of society.........same things are happening as with the Fall of the Roman Empire.

    October 28, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Our children our killing themselves because they are bullied for being gay, these are our children. The time is now, stop the hate, save a life with the freedoms we all enjoy. There is a power greater than ourselves if we let go and let God.

    October 28, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Charles W. Skinner

    Three words: SHAMELESS – POLITICAL – PLOY. Pres. Obama has absolutely NO SHAME. He KNOWS his party is about to get trounced in the mid-term elections, and he's out there making tepid statements about how "well, his attitude is evolving regarding gay marriage, when he has previously stated he is entirely opposed to gay marriage." This is ENTIRELY to try to get the GLBT vote out, to try to stem some of the losses, and it is 100% phony. ANYBODY who falls for it deserves to have IDIOT tattooed across their forehead.

    October 28, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Red by Choice

    "....any way the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me..." Freddie Mercury of Queen.

    October 28, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. the real ib

    nothing new here; he always changes his position on something when he thinks it will give him more votes to push "his agenda" through.

    October 28, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG – the President FLIPPED-FLOPPED!!! No one is allowed to change their minds!!!??

    Actually, if you believe in 'civil unions,' the line drawn between that and marriage is very thin!! There are MANY amendments to the constitution – just like there are many amendments in our CULTURE and we CHANGE with the times – hence, AMENDMENTS – live with it!!


    Scott McAdams for AK!!!

    October 28, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. proud military mom

    Sounds like a ploy to garner more votes!

    October 28, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Dean

    Is that like "I was for it before I was against it"?
    Yes we can.............but we really don't want to.

    October 28, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. CuadRose

    Great departure Mr. President. Equality for all should not be subjected to 'how does that feel for you?" All being equal is the right thing to do. Stand by the constitution.

    October 28, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. evejohnson

    Anything for a vote.

    October 28, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. S. in California Laughing In Anticipation Of How Well Democrats Turnout At The Polls

    As a moderate and a firm supporter of our president, I have to ask the question: Mr. President would you be supportive of Malia and Natasha if they wanted to marry women instead of men? You are saying it is okay now. Inquiring minds would like to know....

    October 28, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Monster Zero

    I think we are starting to see that when it comes to votes and winning the Democrats are flexible on almost anything. Anything except what the majority of America desires that is, like jobs and fiscal responsibility...

    October 28, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. John G

    Obama is clearly pandering to specific minirities in the country. So much for all of us just being Americans.

    October 28, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. George

    This is ridiculous. Obama told gay Democrats that DADT would be repealed under his watch, but so far, he's taken the slow route to doing it, preferring the Congress take the lead. Harry Truman desegregated the armed services by executive order in 1948, an election year. He didn't like doing it. He knew the political risk. But, he did it anyway because it was the right thing to do. Everyone thought he was finished, but he fooled them all and beat Dewey by 2 million votes. Obama should do the same thing and show some spine.

    October 28, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Willy Brown

    This guy is a national joke

    October 28, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. Bob in Pa

    liar, liar pants on fire !

    October 28, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. SD Kevin

    I'm a gay male Democratic voter and all I can say to President Obama's "revelation of an evolving opinion" just days before the election is that he's a liar who will do anything to keep himself and other Democrats in power. If he cared about us gays beyond trying to secure our vote he'd put up and shut up !

    October 28, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. GuyinVA

    "...attitudes evolve, including mine." Translation: "The election is in 5 days! Gays, VOTE DEMOCRAT!"

    October 28, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    It's amazing how much "wiggle room" shows up in his values depending on who the audience is.

    October 28, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put us in the ditch, why would working Americans hand the keys back to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Congress will be doing good to get an annual budget approved in the gridlock over the next 2 years if the Reds take the House.

    Too bad, as the country will not survive, after the neo-cons get a second chance at bringing the financial system to the edge of the abyss, this time they will push it!

    October 28, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. b. o. stinks

    now he is trying to suck up to get votes for his party what a slime

    October 28, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |

    Poor Obama. Desperately seeking any votes he can find. Everything is for sale, everything...

    October 28, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. ChimChim

    Just let the gays have this already. Why do we even bother spending precious governmental thought and action time on this nonsense subject?
    Core values my toosh.....if it was such a core value, there wouldn't be a 50%+ divorce rate in this country. If the gays want to right to have the succession of debt policies enforced on them too....let them have it.

    October 28, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |