His announcement follows yesterday’s landslide vote in the state of North Carolina, in which 60% of residents voted to add an amendment to the state Constitution, enshrining marriage as being between a man and a woman. In doing so, North Carolina became the 31st state in the nation to pass a constitutional amendment pertaining to same-sex “marriage,” demonstrating that the vast majority of the nation favors the preservation of the Biblical definition of betrothal.
Obama explained in a national interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, “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.”
The interview is set to air in its entirety Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
In years past, although Obama had been clear about his determination to further the homosexual agenda, he was hesitant to state that he supported homosexual “marriage.” However, Obama explained to Roberts that his opinion on the matter has been evolving, and remarked that he believed that the views of the American people would evolve as well.
Just days before the announcement, Joseph Biden stated on “Meet the Press” that he would not rule out the possibility of Obama fully supporting same-sex unions. He then added, “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”
The Obama administration becomes the first in American history to express support for homosexual “marriage.”
Meanwhile, North Carolina citizens reiterated yesterday, as with other states that have already voted on the matter, that the majority of Americans do not believe that the government should tamper with the Biblical definition of marriage. In fact, while the state of North Carolina already prohibited same-sex “marriage,” the constitutional amendment was introduced on the ballot to prevent current laws from being struck down by activist judges.
There are only 13 states remaining that have not voted on the issue of homosexual “marriage,” and only six states in the nation have made such same-sex nuptials “legal.” Several of the states that have “legalized” same-sex marriage, such as New York, did so not via a vote from the people, but through private government legislation.
The state of Minnesota is the next in line to vote on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex “marriage” as an initiative is set for the ballot in November. California’s Proposition 8 is also expected to head to the Supreme Court following an appeal from the 9th Circuit.