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President Obama Takes Historic Stance on Same-Sex Marriage [POLL]

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally at the Virginia Commonwealth University (Sara D. Davis, Getty Images)

President Barack Obama has made history again.  Obama has become the first sitting president in history to openly support same-sex marriage in the United States.

Obama told ABC News this afternoon 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.”  This is a reversal for the president who opposed same-sex marriage, but favored civil unions as an alternative during his 2008 campaign.  The president acknowledges an “evolution” in his views.

President Obama on ABC comes out in support of gay marriage (ABC News)

The timing of the president’s decision comes after the state of North Carolina overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state’s constitution limiting marriage one man-one woman.  President Obama, according to a campaign spokesperson, was “disappointed” by the result of that vote.

Same-sex couple
Mario Tama, Getty Images

 

 

A Gallup Poll released Tuesday showed Americans are split on same-sex marriage: 50 percent think same-sex couples should be recognized by law, but 48 percent think they should not.

 

Here’s your chance to weigh in on the President’s historic opinion.


 

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