Obama says same-sex marriage should be legal
President Obama, in an interview with ABC News, said Tuesday that "same sex couples should be able to get married," becoming the first sitting U.S. president to take the position and marking a watershed in political and cultural history.
"I've been going through an evolution on this issue. I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," the President said in an Oval Office interview with ABC's Robin Roberts of "Good Morning America."
"I've hesitated on gay marriage, in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient," he said. "I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word marriage was something that evokes ... tradition, religious beliefs."
But "over the course of several years, as I talk to friends and family," including members of his staff and gay and lesbian soldiers and members of the military, he said, "at a certain point ... it is important for me to go ahead and confirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."