In an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts that will be airing Wednesday evening, President Obama says that he's in support of marriage equality. This comes quickly behind Vice President Joe Biden's positive words on the issue on Meet the Press, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan statement that he's also in support of equality. Hillary Clinton has long said that "gay rights are human rights", as well.
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.
The news also comes on the heels of North Carolina voting to amend their state consitution to ban marriage between same-sex couples. Such laws are based on religion, and President Obama said that both he and Michelle have reconciled what some might see as opposing theological and political views.
We are both practicing Christians, and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others, but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated," he said. "I think that's what we try to impart to our kids, and that's what motivates me as president, and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president.
Celebrities have taken to Twitter to voice their support for President Obama in the matter. Gay rights advocate Kathy Griffin wrote, “POTUS & VPOTUS: turns out, gays & lesbians should have SAME rights as rest of the country”. Kal Penn, star of the Harold & Kumar movies and a former employee of President Obama’s said, “Had the honor of seeing @BarackObama talk w/young ppl about [marriage equality] the last few years. Your voices made a big difference!” Even John McCain's Reblican daughter, Megan McCain, got in on the action, although her Tweet was something of a backhanded compliment, saying, “Even though he did it a little late under political pressure - very happy to hear the President come out in support of gay marriage.”
For a look at more celebrity Tweets in response to the news from people like Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Rachel Zoe, and Jon Cho (Harold & Kumar), check out the slide show to the left. And you can see a clip of the interview with Robin Roberts, too.