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Speak Out: Obama Backs Same-Sex Marriage

Will Obama's announcement hurt his chances to carry Virginia in 2012 as he did in 2008?

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.

Voters in North Carolina on Tuesday showed strong support for a ban on same-sex marriage, approving a constitutional amendment by more than 20 percentage points, The New York Times reported.

Obama said he was “disappointed” with the North Carolina vote, The Huffington Post reported. 

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 . The law would take effect in January, but is likely to face a referendum on the November ballot first.

Tell us: Will Obama's announcement hurt his chances to carry Virginia in 2012 as he did in 2008?

JamesOnThePotomac May 15, 2012 at 08:33 PM
How about one man and six women or one woman four men along with a Great Dane. I guess the real question is how far do you want to take this civil rights issue. I do know one thing though. One cannot select their gender or race at birth, but they can choose their sexual orientation and I believe each individual America has the right to either accept or reject homosexuality.
Locally Involved May 15, 2012 at 08:43 PM
JOTP: Obviously your argument is premised on your belief (NOT fact) that sexual orientation is a choice. The world must be flat, too. Arguing logic with a man who has abandoned all reason is like administering medicine to a dead man. (think that was Jefferson). Seems to me, it is you that has a long way to go.
Karen Gautney May 15, 2012 at 08:53 PM
James, we disagree that sexual orientation is a choice. But even if it is, we tolerate and even celebrate choices others make. Religion, for example. Everyone is allowed to choose their religion and our government does not hold one religion above another. At least it's not supposed to. As far as your orgy and man-on-dog question, I am puzzled about the fascination gay rights opponents have with these things. I'll leave it to you to contemplate why your mind goes there, but I assure you that gay people in general do not share the obsession. The multiple partner sex with dog thing may be on someone's agenda, but don't project it onto the gays.
Jim Thomas May 15, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Wrong, JOTP. No amendment needed, because the constitution does not say marriage is one man and one woman so no amendment needed. Remember how state laws against interracial marriage were overturned? That is the solution. It looks like you have a long way to go.
T Ailshire May 16, 2012 at 01:18 AM
JOTP - at what age did you *choose* to be straight (assuming, of course, that you are)?

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