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Obama Endorses Same-Sex Marriage: NJ Advocates Rejoice

President made his historic pronouncement during an interview with ABC News.

President Barack Obama has publically come out in support of same sex marriage, the first time in history that a sitting U.S. president has ever done so. 

Obama gave the news to ABC News' Robin Roberts in an interview that will air on ABCs “Good Morning America" on Thursday.

"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,” Obama told Roberts.

The news comes days after Vice President Joe Biden said he supports same sex marriage.

In New Jersey, same-sex marriage advocates are rejoicing.

"I am overwhelmed with tears of joy, as our millions of other LGBT people and our millions of allies across America,” said Garden State Equality's Chair Steven Goldstein: “We will remember for the rest of our lives where we were when we heard the sitting President of the United States say he supports marriage equality, "Today’s announcement by the President is of particular importance to those of us fighting in New Jersey and everywhere else marriage equality is up for grabs. No longer will opponents such as Governor Chris Christie be able to take cover by saying, 'Why are you going after me? My opposition to marriage equality is simply the same view as that of our President.' That political cover is now thrown into dustbin of history parked outside the archives of prejudice, collecting its rhetorical trash.

"Short of when America becomes a land of marriage equality, this is the happiest day of our political lives. I'm on Cloud 18." 

U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ)  praised Obama’s statement.

"President Obama's support for marriage equality marks an important moment for civil rights in America.  We simply can not treat same sex couples as second-class citizens in our country.  Marriage equality is one of the most significant civil rights battles of our time and is critical to guaranteeing the equal protection under the law promised to every American in the Constitution.  The President's support for marriage equality should inspire Congress, Governors and state legislatures to advance civil rights for all Americans." 

Last year, Lautenberg joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and others to introduce legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The “Respect for Marriage Act” would repeal DOMA and restore the rights of all lawfully married couples—including tens of thousands of same-sex couples—to receive the benefits of marriage under federal law.  

Nose Wayne May 14, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Definition-Work. Something EVERYONE SHOULD DO! Support thy self and family.
InterestedParty May 18, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Agree 100%
Andy Schmidt May 18, 2012 at 08:15 PM
J - you follow scripture? So you do take more than one wife? You will cut off a woman's hand if she defends her husband (Deuteronomy 25:11-12 ), you will prevent children born out of wedlock to join the church (Deuteronomy 23:2), you will prevent women from teaching mean (Timothy 2:11), you are against divorce and second marriage (Luke 16:18), will stone non-virgin women (Deuteronomy 22:20-21) and would sleep with your brother's child-less widow (Mark 12:19),... Or are you being selective which parts of the literal scripture don't apply to today's society because we have found other ways to deal with some matters, a better understanding of the human body and mind,... ?
Andy Schmidt May 18, 2012 at 08:26 PM
J - reading comprehension issues? You are quoting / paraphrasing me completely from your own imagination! Obama was the one who made the leadership decisions that the intelligence community had asked for from the day when Bush diverted the attention, personnel and resources to the WRONG country (and war). Making the right decisions, setting the right priorities, finally allocating the needed resources back to Afghanistan allowed Bin Laden to be tracked down and killed. If, however, you truly expected ANY president to execute missions him-/herself then you must be thinking about President HARRISON Ford - or maybe watched James Tiberius Kirk's away-missions once too many times.
Jack B Goode May 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM
he was for it before he was against it before he was for it again. flip-flop-flip

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