After long hesitation, Presidentsupported gay marriage, speaking about this in an interview recorded on Wednesday for ABC News. Previously, he avoided a clear statement, saying that his views on this matter, "evolve".
"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." - The president said in this interview. It will be broadcast on Thursday, but ABC TV on Wednesday released its most salient parts of the media.
Obama tells them that to support gay marriage, made him talk with adolescent daughters, Sasha and Malia, who have friends of the sexual orientation. He remembered well - as said - of the soldiers, gays serving heroically on the fronts of the wars waged by the U.S..
Obama's declaration has been met with enthusiastic praise from gay organizations.
- The president made history by declaring boldly that American gays and Lesbians should be peers, part of the fabric of American society - said the head of the Human Rights Campaign, an organization defending the rights of homosexuals.
Republican presidential candidate,, asked to comment on Obama's speech, reaffirmed his opposition, to gay and lesbian marriages.
- I believe that marriage is the connection between a man and a woman - said at a meeting with Republican activists in Oklahoma City.
Recently Obama was under increasing pressure to unambiguously supported same-sex marriage, after he spoke to them recently Vice Presidentand individual members of the cabinet of the president.
Commentator, "Washington Post" Ruth Marcus has criticized Obama for variations on this, calling it on Wednesday's edition of the newspaper "cowardice". In a similar vein, wrote the other liberal columnists.
As given in a television interview Sunday, Biden been an asked about his views on gay marriage, he replied "they all do not mind him."
Also, Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan and the secretary of housing and urbanization Shaun Donovan stated unequivocally that support the legalization of such marriages.
Obama, asked about gay marriage, he responded so far, that his views on this matter, "evolve", but refused to take support.
Proponents of legalizing same-sex marriage argue that gays are the biggest sponsors of this year's campaign, Obama, who is seeking a second term in the White House. Approximately 17 percent of activists gathering campaign funds from the wealthiest donors, representatives of the minority.
Homosexual lobby pushed for the head and pointed out that the fluctuations discredit the Democrats argue that Obama has strong views, while his Republican challenger Mitt Romney is an opportunist politician changing role depending on the situation.
The White House leaks came, however, that the president's advisers follow the political risk associated with a clear statement of support.
One reason is that among African-Americans - an important part of the electorate Obama - support for gay marriage is lower than among white liberals in the U.S.. African-Americans are more conservative on this matter.
According to a recent survey, Pew Research Center department, support for legalizing gay marriage is growing. While, in 2008, it supported only 39 percent of Americans, 51 percent were against, now already 47 percent in favor of legalization, as opposed to a 43 percent (the difference is within the statistical error).
Obama legalized openly gay service in the army and signed into law on the punishment of hate crimes to racial and sexual minorities.