Facing pressure to take a stand, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he supports same-sex marriage.
In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, Obama (D) described his “evolution” on the issue through talks with friends, and reflection on military personnel and members of his own staff who, he said, “are not able to commit themselves in a marriage,” adding that “at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”
Excerpts of the interview are scheduled to appear on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer on Wednesday evening. The full interview is scheduled to appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday morning.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Virginia is one of 28 states that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
In Maryland, the General Assembly passed legislation in February legalizing same-sex marriage. The law would take effect in January, but is likely to face a referendum on the November ballot first.
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