"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 in an interview with ABC News.
Link to article on CNN
The tide of history is against people who would deny their cherished rights to others. Eventually, people acknowledge the hypocrisy and society advances. I'm very pleased that Obama had the courage to express his support for gay marriage and his disappointment over the North Carolina decision. This may cost him votes, but those people probably were not going to vote for him anyway. However, my respect for him has greatly increased for taking such a principled stand.
Meanwhile, Romney maintains his opposition to gay marriage. Link to Fox News Article.
Romney was a leading voice against gay marriage as Massachusetts governor. The courts legalized gay marriage in the state during his tenure, but he supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
After gay marriage became legal, Romney sought to enforce a statute banning state officials from marrying gay couples from other states. In a speech to conservatives last winter, Romney touted that move, saying he prevented Massachusetts from becoming the "Las Vegas of gay marriage."Interesting analogy, Mitt. That is what you think same-sex marriages are: Las Vegas-style hook ups as opposed to long-term, committed relationships like those of Newt Gingrich.