In an interview with ABC News, President Obama has announced his support for legalizing same-sex marriage.
The President summed up his reasoning for the “evolution” of his position with a summation of his personal experience with monogamous gay couples:
I have to tell you that 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.
Breitbart News contributor RB points out at The Right Sphere that President Obama’s “evolution” coincides with discontent from gay and progressive super PAC donors, as reported in the Washington Post:
Some leading gay and progressive donors are so angry over President Obama’s refusal to sign an executive order barring same sex discrimination by federal contractors that they are refusing to give any more money to the pro-Obama super PAC, a top gay fundraiser’s office tells me. In some cases, I’m told, big donations are being withheld.
As reported by ABC’s Rick Klein, “the president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own.”