President Barack Obama made history today by becoming the first president to come out in support of the legalization of same sex marriage.
“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.”
“There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents, and Malia and Sasha, 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.”
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President Obama’s full interview will air on GMA this Thursday. Excerpts of this interview will air tonight on ABC’s “World News With Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”