In a recent interview with ABC News, US President, Barack Obama clarified his stance on gay marriages. After months of intense pressure to make his position on this long-standing debate known, he finally acknowledges that
“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,”
He also admitted that this isn’t an opinion he has come to lightly, and that his view on homosexual marriages has changed over the years;
“I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought that civil unions would be sufficient, I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word marriage was something that invokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs but I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally.”
As for the religious issues that has been and is being raised concerning the legalizing of same-sex marriages in the country, the president says;
“The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the golden rule — you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president.”
In response to the news, celebrities, including talk-show host, Ellen Degeneres, took to twitter to express their support and gratitude.
“Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I’m overwhelmed.” Ellen Degeneres tweeted.
“A fierce day for my gays and my prez @BarackObama – way 2 stand up 4 luv for ALL!” wrote Tyra Banks.
And Kim Kardashian says ” This is such a huge step forward in our country’s fight for cvil rights and I hope that today, this will give hope to so many young people across the country”