Video: Obama hails victories of lame duck; has ‘evolving feelings’ on Marriage Equality
Dec 23, 2010 at 09:30 am
Posted by Russell Goldman and Huma Khan on abcnews.go.com:
"Just hours after he repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military, President Obama acknowledged the discrepancy in his position on supporting gays in the military, while opposing marriage equality, and conceded his "feelings are constantly evolving."
"Taking a victory lap at the end of what he called the most 'productive post-election period' in decades, the president celebrated the raft of new laws passed in the final weeks of the year, including the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' which today he signed into law.
"Asked by ABC News' Jake Tapper why he believed gay Americans should now be allowed to fight and die for their country but not enter into legally sanctioned marriages, the president admitted that he struggled with the duality in those positions.
"'My feelings are constantly evolving,' Obama told reporters about his position on the freedom to marry.
"'I have friends, I have people who work for me, who are in powerful long-lasting gay or lesbians unions,' he said, acknowledging that marriage for same-sex couples is 'something that means a lot to them.'
"'My baseline is a strong civil union that affords them legal protections,' the president said Wednesday, just before leaving for his Christmas vacation in Hawaii. 'I recognize from their perspective, it's not enough.'"
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