VIDEO: Same Sex Marriages Get President Obama's Endorsement
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VIDEO: Same Sex Marriages Get President Obama's Endorsement

Washington : DC : USA | May 09, 2012 at 11:43 PM PDT
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WASHINGTON, DC (Thu, May 10) – U.S. President Barack Obama supported same-sex marriage on Wednesday, but flipping his position on a contentious social issue only 6 months before the November election could cost him adversely on the political arena.

President Obama's endorsement, a landmark for the gay rights movement, was the first from an acting U.S. president when the country remains divided over whether same-sex marriages should have the same recognition and legal standing as traditional ones.

President Obama had reportedly been under severe pressure this week to present a clear cut stand on same-sex marriage after Vice President Joe Biden and other top advisers endorsed it. President Obama said that after years of long discussions with friends and family, including his wife and two young daughters, he now "personally" believes gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.

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U.S. President Barack Obama has ended more than a year of deliberation by saying that he thinks that gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry. His move delights backers but is risky politics six months before the election.
madn3wz is based in Faisalābād, Punjab, Pakistan, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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