President Obama formally endorsed marriage equality only hours after the North Carolina constitution banned it in the state. While President Obama had been evolving on the issue since he took office in 2008, he now felt it was important to go ahead and take a stand for couples wanting to get tied into same-sex marriages.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts on Wednesday, the president said that his new opinion formed after getting involved in deep discussions with his staff members, gay and lesbian service members, his wife and his daughters.
He said that for many years he had seen and talked to neighbors, friends and colleagues who had been in monogamous relationships for quite some time. "same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, 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," said President Obama, according to a report on CBSNews.com.
Obama also said that while deciding on whether to allow the law to be passed into constitution remained each state's own prerogative, he felt that within due time, more and more people would get comfortable with gay marriages and accept gay couples.
“You know, Malia and Sasha [the president's daughters], they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples” and somehow “It doesn’t make sense to them [that they should be treated any different from straight people] and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective,” added Obama.
Obama also said that he’s a practicing Christian and believes in the Golden Rule, which teaches us to treat others the way you would want to be treated.
While the president’s announcement does not change any law, it might still have some effects on his re-election race for the White House. However, his advisers think that this might not be an issue in the November election, since public support has rapidly increased on gay marriages over the last five presidential terms.