In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, President Obama announced that he now supports same-sex marriage. Calling his change of heart an “evolution,” Obama referenced chats with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian members of the military, and his own family as the triggers for his decision:

“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.”

It should be noted that President Obama stated that this is his own personal opinion; he still supports the concept of states reaching their own conclusion on the issue. Like those jackasses in North Carolina did. Portions of the full interview will air tonight on World News with Diane Sawyer.

[via ABC News]

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