President Obama will confirm that he endorses gay marriage, in an interview to be aired tonight on ABC.
Obama says that he was reserved to support gay marriage in the past because he thought “civil unions would be sufficient”, and the word “marriage” envokes particularly sensitive beliefs to many americans. But, in his explanation, he says:
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, 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”
See a clip below: