“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.”
As many have noted, the brave move comes at a risk for President Obama, who could be facing quite a tough battle during this re-election year.
Many commend the commander in chief for taking a positive stance on same-sex marriage and showing support for another marginalized minority group. Stars like Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Russell Simmons have all spoken up to share their praise for Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage.
Check out all of the celebrity praise below. –nicholas robinson