President Obama announces to the country that he is now in favor of same-sex marriages. Will this declaration help or hurt his re-election campaign?
By: A.J. Niles
President Barack Obama said he supports gay marriage Wednesday to ABC’s Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts . President Obama became the first sitting U.S. President to openly support this.
In the past, President Obama publicly stated that he opposed this but told ABC News he changed his mind. President Obama said his position is always “evolving” on the subject. He now supports gay marriage.
“I had hesitated on gay marriage, in part, because I thought civil unions would be sufficient,” the president said. “I was sensitive to the fact that — for a lot of people– that the word marriage is something that provokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs.”
But, Obama said, his thinking shifted as he witnessed committed same-sex marriages and thought about U.S. service personnel who were “not able to commit themselves in a marriage.”
President also said on ABC this morning,
“It wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”
This announcement comes as the state of North Carolina becomes the 30th state to pass a constitutional amendment proclaiming the state will only recognize marriage between one man and one woman.
According to CNN, the President is not pleased with the passing with this law and he describes the amendment as discriminatory towards gays in North Carolina.
Gay marriage is will always be a hot button issue in Black America, especially during a election year. Do you think that President Obama new stance help or hurt his re-election? Do you agree with Amendment One?
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