Obama Supports Same Sex Marriage
President Barack Obama decided to endorse same sex marriage. This has been viewed by political observers as risky. The president said that he was just following the bible to treat others the way you want to be treated.
Last Wednesday, President Obama became the first sitting president to endorse gay marriage. It is a major milestone for the gay rights movement. It would be a big boost for the cause that’s struggling to win electoral approval.
The country remains divided over the issue of same-sex marriages with regards to their having the same legal standing and recognition as traditional marriages. With just six months before an election that observers said will be tight, it will depend on the swing votes in key states to determine the winner.
President Barack Obama has stated that his position on the issue was evolving. He was under pressure to make a stand on the issue before the November election. The president’s announcement came after some sectors of society called on him to speak out with regards to the issue or risk falling behind.
The president told Good Morning America anchor that he came to his decision after talking to gay friends, staff members, his wife, and his two daughters. He said that his Christian faith and the golden rule factored in on his decision.
Obama cited religion in going against same-sex marriages as he campaigned for president but in December 2010, he declared that his position on the issue was evolving. That was viewed by people as a positive sign for gay rights. Supporter of same-sex marriages believed that the president was just withholding public declaration of support so as not to alienate voters.
A small majority of voters are in favor of gay marriages. This is according to most polls. The number of those supporting same-sex marriages has been increasing in recent months, especially among young people and middle-class voters.