President Obama discusses marriage on ‘The View’
May 16, 2012 at 05:00 pm
Yesterday, President Barack Obama appeared on The View, ABC's multihost daytime talk show.
In the appearance, host Barbara Walters probed him about his announcement from last week that he supports the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. He said that he had considered revealing his support for the freedom to marry for the first time on his appearance on The View but decided instead to make the announcement last week.
He elaborated on how he arrived at the conclusion that he supports marriage for all couples, saying, "Part of it was just knowing friends and family - people I had gotten to know who had these wonderful relationships. And they'd say to me, 'You know what? The words matter. So even though you're a strong supporter of civil unions, somehow, it still says, We're different.' And that particular set of conversations that I had is ultimately what led me to this conclusion.
Walters asked the President whether he would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the policy that bars the federal government from recognizing marriages between same-sex couples.
"My Justice Department has said to the courts that we don't think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional," he said. "This is something that historically had been determined at the state level and part of my believing ultimately that civil unions weren't sufficient."
Freedom to Marry looks forward to working with President Obama, his administration, and our hundreds of thousands of supporters nationwide to bring an end to marriage discrimination in the United States once and for all.