Obama Says Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able To Marry

May 9, 2012 | By
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Barack Obama: support for same-sex marriage would cement Obama's status as a civil rights champion. Photograph: Getty Images

Barack Obama has become the first US president to say publicly he was in favour of same-sex marriage, in a high-stakes intervention in a pre-election debate roiling American politics.

In what supporters will hail as a historic moment in civil rights history, Obama changed his stance, after previously saying he was “evolving” on gay marriage, a fiercely divisive issue in US politics.

“I’ve just concluded, 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 in an interview with ABC News.

The president said however that a decision on whether to legalise gay marriage should be left to individual states. He also talked about how he and his wife Michelle had squared his decision with their faith.

“We are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others,” he said.

“But it’s also the Golden Rule, you know – treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

Obama, who previously backed strong protections for gay and lesbian couples but not full marriage, said his position had evolved after talking to his two daughters Malia and Sasha who had friends who had same-sex parents.

“It wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective,” Obama said in the interview.

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