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U.S. president announces support for gay marriage

(Xinhua)

08:35, May 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 9 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced his support for same-sex marriage during an interview with ABC News, reversing his long-standing opposition to the matter.

In an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts, Obama described his thought process as an "evolution" that led him to this decision, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.

"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 to appear on ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday. Excerpts of the interview are set to air Wednesday night on ABC's "World News with Diane Sawyer."

The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own. But he said he is confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with gays and lesbians getting married.

Previously, Obama has moved in the direction of supporting same- sex marriage but has consistently stopped short of outright backing it, only voicing support for civil unions for gay and lesbian couples that provide the rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples, though not defined as "marriage."

Obama also opposed efforts to ban gay marriage at the state level, saying that he did not favor attempts to strip rights away from gay and lesbian couples.

Before the president, Vice President Joe Biden said he is " absolutely comfortable" with allowing same-sex couples to wed.

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Garth at 2012-05-11173.180.86.*
All part of the decline and degneration of the so-called free world. No matter what the queers/dykes state, most are not born ill, they chose their degenerate lifestyles, or its the warped environment they live in that makes them abnormal.Totally against nature, sick sexual deviets have been allowed to spread their illness to many others, they stole words like gay and pride, there is nohting proud about buggery or the vile pervertions they claim are normal.Lets hope China can keep their nation the great normal country it is, the new [number one] very soon and not be fooled by the US ect and their lies about freedom an democracy.
Canada at 2012-05-1170.36.49.*
Excerpts from The Globe and Mail:Homosexuality remains illegal in much of the world and only 10 countries -- Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden -- allow same-sex marriage.Prime Minister Julia Gillard [Australia] opposes same-sex marriage. Arguing in 2011 that there are “some important things from our past that need to continue to be part of our present and part of our future,” she said: “I do find myself on the conservative side in this question.”Hopefully the CPC will consider allowing same-sex marriage in civil marriages.Most religions are vehemently opposed, considering marriage is between a man and a woman.
  

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