Obama comes out in support of same-sex marriage; you voice your thoughts
One day after North Carolina's vote to include an expressed ban on gay marriage and civil unions in their state constitution, President Barack Obama tells ABC News' Robin Roberts he is in support of same-sex marriage.
In a bold, clear statement to the press, the President of many firsts continues his trend by stating without hesitation: "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."
His expression comes one week after Vice President Joe Biden expressed a similar opinion on MSNBC's Meet the Press. The running mates are now aligned on the issue heading into the election season, and it will be fascinating to see how this long overdue but clearly calculated announcement will affect the Democratic candidates.
Strong reactions to the subject matter have been rattling around Facebook and Twitter all day long, and opinions indicate both a weary excitement from Obama supporters who have been waiting for more direct action in addition to the expected wrath of his detractors who fear for the moral future of America.
Reactions from CultureMap's Twitter and Facebook followers spanned the spectrum, too, from the succinct: "Simply put, it's about time," to the empathetic: "I feel relieved for him. It seems like he's finally coming out and saying/doing things he always wanted to do but didn't in order to please everyone."
Whether you like it or not, it's clear that America is rapidly changing, and, more and more, our President demonstrates that he understands that fact.
The question remains: How much of a factor will this play in your opinion of the man and his Presidency? Will it affect your vote come November?