THIS IS BACKUP TO SUBSTANTIATE THE “FACT SHEET” POSTED TODAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012, ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.
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By CAROL E. LEE
May 10, 2012, 8:05 a.m. ET
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he supported gay marriage, reversing his position on a controversial social issue just six months before the November election and adopting a stance fraught with uncertain political implications.
Mr. Obama had been under intense pressure this week to lay out a clear stance on same-sex marriage after Vice President Joe Biden and other top advisers endorsed it. Mr. Obama said that after years of lengthy discussions with friends and family, including his wife and two young daughters, he now “personally” believes gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.
“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,” Mr. Obama said in a television interview with ABC. “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.”
Mr. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to publicly support gay marriage. His endorsement is largely a symbolic moment for a country that is actively wrestling with the issue.
Mr. Obama was against same-sex marriage as a candidate in 2008 but supported civil unions. In the fall of 2010, he said his views on gay marriage were “evolving,” a stance widely interpreted as moving toward an endorsement. Asked numerous times afterward whether his position had changed, the president deflected the question and pointed to his record on other gay-rights issues.
On Wednesday, he explained, “I had hesitated on gay marriage, in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient… And I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people the word ‘marriage’ was something that invokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth.”
He said his position was influenced by gay members of the military and his staff who are raising children together in monogamous relationships.
Mr. Obama informed a handful of top aides earlier this year he had decided to publicly support gay marriage before the Democratic National Convention in September, senior administration officials said. Mr. Biden’s public support, in a TV interview Sunday, and the 72 hours of fallout that came afterward sped up the president’s timetable, these officials said.
Voters have enacted constitutional bans on gay marriage in a number of battleground states that will decide the 2012 election, among them Ohio and Florida. Mr. Obama’s Wednesday announcement came a day after residents in North Carolina, a state the president hopes to win in November, voted overwhelmingly in favor of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. North Carolina is also hosting the Democratic National Convention, where Democrats were set to battle over whether to make gay marriage rights a plank of their party’s official platform.
Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a social conservative group, said Mr. Obama’s gay-marriage switch would fire up the GOP’s conservative base. “This is an unanticipated gift to the Romney campaign. It is certain to fuel a record turnout of voters of faith to the polls this November,” he said.
“Just before an election, you’re going to rile up the right-wing base, there’s no question about it,” said Peter Fenn, a Democratic consultant. “It will hurt in rural areas and the West, and you may take some fallout in the black community.”
—Janet Hook and Valerie Bauerlein contributed to this article.
Obama on Gay Marriage
• 1996, running for Illinois state Senate: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriage.”
• 2004, running for U.S. Senate: “Marriage is between a man and a woman.
• 2010, as president: “My feelings are constantly evolving” on gay mar riage.
• 2012, as president: “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.
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