Today (May 9th), President Obama became the first sitting president to declare that he believes gays & lesbians should be able to legally marry. Up until now, he has been unwilling to support same sex marriage. He previously said marriage should be between between a man and woman but said he supported civil unions.
“I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil union would be sufficient,” said President Obama.
President Obama’s declaration does not change any law, but it does inject a contentious social issue into the race for the White House.
“For me personally it is important for me to affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” President Obama said.
Advisors admit it was not the president’s plan to announce his support for same-sex marriage Wednesday. Ironically, his hand was forced in part by his vice president, and by growing anger among gay and lesbian financial supporters who felt it was time for the president to clarify just where he stands.