POLL: Obama Endorses Same-Sex Marriages

His endorsement, which came in an exclusive on ABC, marks the first time a sitting president has endorsed gay marriage. What do you think?

The national media is abuzz right now with President Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage.

For many it was a long-time coming--others still believe it should still be one man-one woman.

Obama becomes the first sitting president to announce his support for same-sex marriage.

According to the Huffington Post:

In a sit-down interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, Obama completed what has been a markedly long and oft-mocked evolution on the matter.

"I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," Obama told Roberts, in an interview that will air in full on ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday.

"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," he said.

The endorsement comes after Vice President Joe Biden's comments supporting gay marriage, as well as the media firestorm that followed.

It's a historic stance that's creating plenty of election year discussion in which the economy, not social issues, were supposed to take center stage.

So we ask you, Patch users, what do you think of Obama's announcement?


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