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Obama Backs Gay Marriage [With Poll]

The president told ABC News that his thinking had "evolved" on the subject. How do you feel about his decision?

The day after voters in North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman, President Obama told ABC News on Wednesday that he now supports gay marriage.

The president — who still supports states deciding the issue on their own — said his personal views had gone through an "evolution" based on conversations with family and friends and the views of his own daughters.

"They are much more comfortable with it," the president told Robin Roberts in an interview to be shown on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday. Excerpts will air tonight on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer."

”You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples," Obama said in the interview. "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.”

How do you feel about Obama's change of heart? Take our poll and tell us more in the comments.

AliveInHim May 10, 2012 at 02:28 AM
With such clear statements against homosexuality, it is difficult to see how different groups can say the Bible supports homosexuality. But they try by redefining love, marriage, sex, homosexuality, etc., in order to accomplish their goal. The truth is that God created man and woman, not man and man, or woman and woman. Nevertheless, the Bible is a powerful book, and because of that the homosexuals often try and make the Bible agree with their agenda. But it doesn't work. The Bible does not support homosexuality, as we have seen from the scriptures above. Unlike other sins, this sexual sin has a judgment administered by God Himself: He gives them over to their passions (Rom. 1:26-28). This means that their hearts are allowed to be hardened by their sins. As a result, they can no longer see the error of what they are doing. Without an awareness of their sinfulness, there will be no repentance. Without repentance, there will be no forgiveness. Without forgiveness, there is no salvation.
AliveInHim May 10, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Should homosexuals be allowed to marry one another? In this politically correct climate that relinquishes morality to the relativistic whims of society, stating that homosexuals should not marry is becoming unpopular. Should a woman be allowed to marry another woman? Should a man be allowed to marry another man? Should they be given legal protection and special rights to practice their homosexuality? No, they should not. The Bible, of course, condemns homosexuality. It takes no leap of logic to discern that homosexual marriage is also condemned. But our society does not rely on the Bible for its moral truth. Instead, it relies on humanistic and relativistic morals upon which it builds its ethical structure. Homosexuality is not natural. Just look at the male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple. The natural design is apparent. It is not natural to couple male with male and female with female. It would be like trying to fit two screws together or two nuts together and then say, "See, its natural for them to go together."
AliveInHim May 10, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Homosexuals argue that homosexuality is natural since it occurs in the animal world. But this is problematic. It is true that this behavior occurs in the animal kingdom, but it is also true that we see animals eating their prey alive and even their own young. We see savagery, cruelty, and extreme brutality. Yet, we do not condone such behavior in our own society. Proponents of the natural order argument should not pick-and-choose the situations that best fit their agendas. They should be consistent and not compare us to animals. We are not animals. We are made in God's image. Where will it end? Political protection of a sexual practice is ridiculous. I do not believe it is proper to pass laws stating that homosexuals have 'rights' to have sex with one another and then redefine marriage to include their views. If they can do that, then where will it end? What about pedophilia or bestiality? These are also sexual practices. Should they, too, be protected by law? If homosexuality is protected legally, why not those as well?
AliveInHim May 10, 2012 at 02:29 AM
What should be the Christian's Response to the Homosexual? Just because someone is a homosexual does not mean that we cannot love him (or her) or pray for him (her). Homosexuality is a sin, and like any other sin it needs to be dealt with in the only way possible. It needs to be laid at the cross and repented of. Christians should pray for the salvation of the homosexual the same way they would any other person in sin. They should treat homosexuals with the same dignity as they would anyone else because, like it or not, they are made in the image of God. However, this does not mean that Christians should approve of their sin. Not at all. Christians should not compromise their witness for a politically correct opinion that is shaped by guilt and fear. In fact, the following verses should be kept in mind when dealing with homosexuals. •"Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person," (Col. 4:5-6). •"But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith," (1 Tim. 1:5). You do not win people to the Lord by condemning them and calling them names. This is why God says to speak with wisdom, grace, and love. Let the love of Christ flow through you so that the homosexuals can see true love and turn to Christ instead of away from Him.
AliveInHim May 10, 2012 at 02:30 AM
To read more go to: http://carm.org/christianity-and-homosexuality
amystery726 May 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM
And I'd like to remind folks that, gasp!, we're not all Christians in America! Just a sidebar...
amystery726 May 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Again, we are not all Christians in America. Our country is a melting pot of people from various countries, various cultures, numerous religions. And all religions have one common underlying tenet - word it as you might - "do unto others as you would have others do unto you." (One could also say them this way: "What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor.") Words to live by be you Christian, Muslim, Jewish, atheist, agnostic.... So, how can you NOT support the rights of all to live in a loving, committed, relationship. Yeah, a marriage.
amystery726 May 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM
No one is forcing anyone into any relationship, be it heterosexual or homosexual. That is your personal choice. However, we should embrace our neighbors as we would ourselves that "What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor," i.e., don't treat anyone differently than you'd want to be treated. Didn't we all learn that on the playground? That is found in the Old Testament to Christians, the Jewish Tanakh, and can be found engrained in the Qur'an and sayings of Muhammed. I would hazard a guess, that all existing religions have this at their core.
Beth Witham May 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Jesus didn't say a word about homosexuality, divorce, or abortion, but he had plenty to say about loving your fellow man.
Kristen Morgan May 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I say, it's about time, Obama! I agree that Biden probably forced him to say it earlier than he would have liked. To me, it represents progress, compassion, and another step out of the Dark Ages for our wonderful nation.
Nanci Wylde May 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM
"You all laugh because I am different. I laugh because you are all the same."
suffieldpatriot2 May 10, 2012 at 02:00 PM
How very Gay of Mr. President. This answer must have polled well amongst his advisors, as we all know he won't make a decision or think for himself. Now, instead of talking about things that are of no business to the White House (read the Constitution, as I'm guessing he has never done that), get back to (or should I say start) doing something to benefit our Nation that you are trying to bring down.
tchjjal May 10, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Excuse me? The bible condemns it all! Do you not know that God is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit? He clearly spells it all out in His Word. Don't speak about things you have no idea about! I understand that unbelievers of God do all these things and hey, why not? Live for today, right? You don't believe in a day of judgement. But say typical liberal lies!
Chivas Sandage May 10, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Yesterday, President Obama turned a very sad day—after the news from North Carolina—into a joyful one for me, my family, the LGBT community & allies everywhere. Today, it’s heartbreaking to see this short piece in my local paper followed by numerous hateful comments written by folks who are, essentially if not literally, our neighbors.
tchjjal May 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Yes, things are getting brighter aren't they? 55 million abortions since Roe vs. Wade, the war on poverty lost with food stamps at an all time high, national debt about 16 trillion, states talking about seceding from the union over the divisive Obama, employment continuing to recede, etc., etc. Yes, it is getting brighter!
tchjjal May 10, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Richard, You are not accurate on all of the above. The bible was a collection of scripture, songs, letters, etc. The old testament was recorded before Christ was alive (get it - "Old" testament). James, Peter, who were witnesses during Christ's walk, wrote about Christ during their lifetime. Paul wrote most of the new testament 30 years after Christ died, etc. Christianity is not a religion: It is a relationship with Christ. It is not evolving - God does not change! People can say anything, believe anything, etc. If it's not true, it doesn't matter if it doesn't line up with God's Word. It is not entirely true that God forgives. That's what people try to believe so they can justify how they live ungodly lives and basically reject Him. When God says to turn the other cheek, he's talking to the believer. I don't have enough time to get into that. But be assured, God is good and he will judge. Just like a judge would not be a good judge if someone was to murder someone close to you....and the judge just let him go free! Christ died for the believer - those who turn to him and repent (and it's a daily repentance because we as Christians are far from perfect but we should be striving for perfection). Christ's death was a payment for the Christian. For the unbeliever (those who reject him), there is no payment for their sins... only judgement.
tommycarl May 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM
to tchjjal how typical to use the most extreme human behavior to make a point. if i were you i wouldn't use god or the bible as examples of morality. polygamy, sounds mormon. pedophilia, an ongoing problem in the catholic church. murder, the bible is filled with it and millions have died by people using it as their guide.( crusades, forced conversion on indigenous people in south and central america on threat of death(conquistadors ) . the bible is the last place to look for morality. physicist steven weinberg quote "religion is an insult to human dignity. with or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. but for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." "
Marcie May 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Well while I am glad it has finally happened...I am not naive enough to see that it coincides with an election year.
Helen May 10, 2012 at 02:47 PM
@tchjjal - If you are a "good" christian, you know it is not your job to judge others, it is God's job. Jesus teaches to be tolerant of others. As Wyatt said, how would a same-sex couple take anything from you? Think of the benefits to the economy if nothing else - You allow same sex marriages - you create more wedding ceremonies - which is more donations to churches that perform services to same-sex couples for joining them in commitment. Local hotels, benefit from out of town guests booking rooms to stay for events, creates more people that will eat in our local restaurants. Wedding planners will have more weddings to plan, so they will see an increase to their bottom lines. Limos will need to be rented, increasing again to a local business. Bridal registries = increased retail sales. (mind you most of these things have a state tax attached, so helps CT residents. ) Once they are married they buy a house, pay real estate taxes, support schools, most adopt children, so they are giving good homes to kids that need it. Saying how it could lead to worse things is just wrong. We are talking about two consenting adults. If it is wrong then let God judge, but its not a choice to be gay, because, no one would choose to live a life-style where you are bullied and shunned.
Susan May 10, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Matthew 19:11-12 I'm not so sure that some are intellegent enough to understand but lets put it simply. YOu condemn people because they live different lives, I think you should reread the bible from the Christian teachings of love acceptance and understanding. Marriage is a commitment between 2 people others need to stay out of it. Thank you to Obama for finally correcting a wrong.
tchjjal May 10, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Well tommycarl, you're not me! Again, people don't get it. True Christianity is not religion. Do I believe that there are christians in the catholic church? Yes, I do. Are they all christians? Absolutely not! Just as those who attend the few gospel preaching churches that are left in this nation are not all christians. Hey, we had several Muslims take down the twin towers 10 years ago. I'll let you generalize on all the Muslims..... People can use the bible to justify their evil intents but that doesn't mean God justifies it. There are no examples in the bible where God justifies polygamy including David and Jacob. The pharisees were religious and they were also responsible for crucifying Christ. As for Steven Weinberg, he is incorrect in his quote: There are no "good" people! He is an atheist and no matter how much of a genius he may be, he is dying and his work without Christ, is all in vain. Don't try to be like me and don't try to be like you: Be like Christ!
tchjjal May 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Helen, Christians - if they know their bible, know that we will judge angels. I'll let you look that up. As for the economy, God doesn't need your money (It's all his anyway). Sin does not bring properity Helen. It only brings destruction. We see that in the way that government (Obama specifically) states that it's their job to take care of you. They've destroyed the family, redefined marriage, made you dependent on them. You wouldn't be loving your neighbor if he was a thief and you just tolerated it!
Nanci Wylde May 10, 2012 at 06:36 PM
In North Carolina it's legal to marry your cousin. Go figure. And for all you religious zealots, G-d creates ALL MEN/WOMEN in His image. Even Rick Warren who is as anti gay as they come preaches that! It's real simple. It's about equality. Nothing more. Nothing less. E-Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y. Equal RIGHTS for EVERYONE. All you haters? Wait until the day one of your loved ones comes to you and tells you he or she is gay. You won't be spewing your hate filled hide behind the Bible crap. FYI-MANY Christian churches are now open and affirming. If it makes you feel better to stay in your hate filled narrow minded world, have at it. Ignorance is bliss, and water really does seek it's own level.
Nanci Wylde May 10, 2012 at 06:51 PM
And Marcie don't be so naive about how many millions of dollars the LGBT movement has already thrown at the Obama campaign. Not any different from any other organization throwing money at a campaign when they want to further their agenda. That is how it works. Obama told us he would repeal DADT. He did that. He went a step further by granting benefits to gay people who work for the federal govt. Not all but some. He knew he was going to get pressure from the LGBT comunity to repeal DOMA. And it has been an incredible personal struggle for him. I get that. He's a human being. It has been an incredible struggle for Clinton who signed into law that defined marriage to be between a man and a woman. A decision he now regrets . That is why we are here now. Many years ago I came out to my parents as an adult. My mother still struggles with it! I'm nowhere 52! She's now 75! Any fight for equal rights is always going to be a struggle. And I get the fact that there are people who don't agree with my lifestyle. What is not acceptable is mud stinging, attempted religious conversion and covert racism. "You all laugh because I am different. I laugh because you are all the same."
AliveInHim May 10, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Please read Matthew 19:11-12 in the full context of the discussion, (what is said prior to verse 11): Matt. 19:3 "The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for [just] any reason?" Mat 19:4 And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made [them] at the beginning 'made them male and female,' Mat 19:5 "and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? Mat 19:6 "So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." Then Jesus moves onto God's Plan versus Man's Plan in verses 7-9. Then verse 10 transitions with the disciples asking Jesus, "If such is the case of the man with [his] wife, it is better not to marry." Which leads into the verse that you wrote about regarding the eunuchs who were physically impaired or those who chose not to marry. To claim that there was some sort of approval or acceptance of homosexuality is a stretch. You are looking for something in the bible that is not there.
Kristen Morgan May 11, 2012 at 12:05 AM
It is sad. I'm not sure if I think it's cowardly for these "neighbors" to not use their names, or whether I'd rather not know if the person sitting next to me at the next town event is one of these hateful people.
Andrew Ziemba May 11, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Its all about T-A-X-E-S. If they wanted E-Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y there wouldn't be so many confusing, tricky loopholes and rewards on taxes and insurance. All UNMARRIED couples should be equal too, but they aren't. No massive organized group supports unmarried couples. Ultimately, EQUALITY is reached by TAKING EVERYONE OFF THE PEDESTAL RATHER THAN PROPPING UP SELECT GROUPS. EQUALITY will be reached when the government stops REACHING down your pants, down your wallet, into your house, car, brain, bank account, and computer. Obama is an empty suit just like Romney. Ron Paul 2012.
Andrew Ziemba May 11, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I hate organized religion but I know my history and I know enough about the bible and Christianity to tell you that their definition of Marriage is one man and one women with god. Can radical, obtuse leftists take over a church and preach their interpretation? Of course they can. Does this mean they are Christians who are following the law of god? No way. Support equal rights? Great, I'm happy to see people stand up for civil rights... but you are absolutely kidding yourself if you think that Marriage is anything BUT a man and a woman together. Anyhow, since the bible is all just a big lie and was primarily used as a tool to control the masses, and since just about everything in it is completely based on faith, and it is rooted with extremely sexist, homophobic beliefs, that's why organized religion is DYING and Atheism is GROWING. The bible teaches obedient slavery to a ruthless master who loves you no matter what. Hmmm I wonder why it is not so popular anymore.
Ben Rodriguez May 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM
It's the right thing. Discrimination has always been justified for one reason or another, culture, religion, etc. it's not about religion but about fairness.
Ben Rodriguez May 11, 2012 at 12:54 AM
HI Bill, I just wanted to send a note that I agree with your statement, well said. Though I think the gay marriage advocates forced Pres. Obama's hand in light of the NC marriage ban law. VP Biden let the cat out of the bag early is what I think happened.

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