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Obama Endorses Same-Sex Marriage: NJ Advocates Rejoice

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

President Barack Obama has publicly come out in support of gay 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 ABC's “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 just days after Vice President Joe Biden said he supports gay 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,” Garden State Equality's Chair Steven Goldstein said in an email. “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," Goldstein said.

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." 

Lautenberg joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to introduce legislation last year that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), according to a news release. 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.

Winston May 14, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Great post Comrade JoeR...when facts and history do not support your left wing immoral positions ----lie, lie and lie again. You make the Democrats and Obama supporters proud!
william kramer May 14, 2012 at 02:25 AM
wow! Your fact filled list is sure to sway everyone! Good going! You've managed to prove to everyone just what a sheep you are.
william kramer May 14, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Hey winston, the point you're looking for is in the corner over there. Try a little harder to miss it why don't you.
Andrew Howard May 14, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Recused the auto industry. Added 4.2 million private sector jobs in last 26 months of consecutive job growth. Obamacare addresses the fact that every family currently pays $1K per year for uninsured patients. By law emergency rooms can't deny service. Who do you think pays for it? Obama thinks everyone should have to have insurance and the conservatives scream big brother. Why no screaming about the present model? We're actually ending the bleeding in Iraq. The country that didn't cause 9/11, didn't have weapons of mass destruction yet sucked over a trillion $ and many lives from this country. Another credit card paid for unnecessary war. Added new financial regulations that republicans promise to remove if elected. ......... More later if you care which I doubt. Facts don't work when people aren't listening.
Andrew Howard May 15, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Nice post. You mentioned Medicare part D, which was costly and unfunded, but left out that by law, the federal government, as a single buyer was not allowed to negotiate for a better price from the pharmaceuticals. What an incredible payback to that industry for contributions to the GOP. Create a huge market, guarantee payment by the government and lock in the price you can charge.

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