Yesterday North Caroline voters struck down an amendment that would make gay marriage legal in that state. The decision has been a trending topic online and Good Morning America host, Robin Roberts, took the opportunity to question President Obama about his stance on the issue today.
See what the President said inside
President Obama told Roberts:
"I have to tell you...I have been going through an evolution on this one. 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."
The Washington Post calls the President's support of gay marriage, a "calculated gamble" but one he was compelled to make after comments made by Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday. The V.P. said:
"Look. I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”
See a clip of the President's statement below: