In an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts President Barack Obama has for the first time publicly endorsed same sex marriage.
Here are his exact words...
"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,"
This all comes after a week where the subject has been front and center in politics.
- If you'll remember, last week Mitt Romney caved under pressure from the American Family Foundation to fire Richard Grenell, the openly-gay conservative foreign policy spokesperson. Romney sent the staffer packing by forcing Grenell to resign from the campaign.
- Then on Sundays Meet The Press with David Gregory Vice President Joe Biden made it abundantly clear that he supported gay marriage saying... "I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction -- beyond that."
- The very next day Secretary of Education Arne Duncan while appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," endorsed same-sex marriage when he was asked if he believed it should be legal for same-sex couples to get married in the United States.
North Carolina passes amendment one
- Let's not forget that just last night the state of North Carolina passed an amendment 61% to 39% that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.