Obama announces support for gay marriage

President Barack Obama has made history once again, becoming the first president to support same-sex marriage. Obama hesitated for a while on whether or not

WOODBURY - President Barack Obama has made history once again, becoming the first president to support same-sex marriage. Obama hesitated for a while on whether or not he supported same-sex marriage but says the "evolved" decision came after a family discussion on gay marriage."It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," said Obama.

After once opposing gay marriage, Obama revealed his historic decision to ABC news yesterday. The president said his views "evolved" after having conversations with his daughters who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples.Gay rights advocates cheered Obama's new support, which they had been long urging him to make.

The announcement also came just a day after voters in North Carolina, a potential election battleground, approved a state constitutional amendment opposing same-sex unions. Republican nominee Mitt Romney was quick to disagree with the president's decision saying he believes a marriage is between a man and a woman.

Obama voices his support for gay marriage

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