“I’ve stood on the side of broader equality I hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient,” the president said. “But I have to tell you that over the course of several years, as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, 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,” Obama said.
As you may recall, just this past Sunday Vice President Joe Biden spoke publicly about his own belief that marriage should be an equal opportunity civil right.
What do you think? Will this change the way the United States views same-sex marriage? Will the rest of the US to “evolve” alongside our President?
How will this statement affect his chances at re-election?
Was this announcement strategically designed to come after the passing of Amendment One in North Carolina?