We all knew that President Barack Obama backed gay marriage in philosophy a long time ago. But in a historic announcement today, he finally came out and said he thinks same-sex marriage "should be legal," one day after North Carolina disappointingly passed Amendment 1, which says the state only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman.
In an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts, Obama said his position on gay marriage has evolved: "over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family who are in incredibly committed and monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together ... at a certain point, I've just concluded that for me personally to it is important to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married." ABC's full interview with Obama will air tomorrow on Good Morning America.
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Obama made the declaration just three days after Vice President Joe Biden appeared on Meet The Press stating he was "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage, which the administration scrambled to cover up with their typical "Oh, that's just Joe Biden's grandfatherly Tourette's" lines.
Now we know where the administration truly stands, and has stood, all along. We're going to side with the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance's eloquent statement following the President's announcement:
"Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance welcomes President Obama to the majority of Americans who endorse marriage equality. While watching his 'evolution' on this question over the last many months has been painful and vexing, his announcement today is nonetheless a happy event. Civil acceptance and full status for gay and lesbian couples who choose to marry is a basic human right that has been denied for too long. Sooner would have been desirable, but the President is now on the right train — Welcome Aboard!"
Really though, we're just happy this tumblr already exists.
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