For the first time ever in the US, a president endorsed gay marriage during his term!
“I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” said Barack Obama during an interview with ABC News.
“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,” explained Obama.
This statement happened a few days after Vice President Joe Biden supported gay marriage, which urged Obama to deal with the subject he’s been avoiding throughout his presidency. His statement is making waves across the internet!
Here are but a few celebrity tweets about the subject:
Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow – “Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I’m overwhelmed.”
Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH – “Bravo, Mr. President, and thank you.”
Ricky Martin @ricky_martin – “I applaud President @barackobama for affirming that ALL Americans should enjoy equal rights. Historic! I will be a very proud host on Monday”
AB @alecbaldwin – “Obama gets it right on gay marriage. Bravo.”
Justin Timberlake @jtimberlake – “@barackobama inspires me once again. True leadership is when you are willing to risk your power and voice so that ALL of ours can be heard.”
Kim Kardashian @KimKardashian – “Thank you, President Obama! No more living in the past!”
Eva Longoria @EvaLongoria – “This is an incredible day in the history of civil rights in America. I applaud President @BarackObama and all he has done for LGBT Americans. #Equality“
Adam Levine @adamlevine – “thank you @BarackObama for reminding us all that true leadership is not dead.”
Zach Braff @zachbraff – “Very proud of our president today.”
Kevin Bacon @kevinbacon – “Way to go Obama! Step in the right direction for human rights”
Ricki Lake @RickiLake – “Love is love! #Marriageequality Thank you Mr. President @BarackObama”
Russell Simmons @UncleRUSH – “thank you Mr. President for your support of gay marriage…”
Sophia Bush @SophiaBush “Thank you Mr. President. @BarackObama speaks up for #Equality today. #LoveIsLove”
Eliza Dushku @elizadushku – “#Breaking: President Obama announces support for ALL/equal marriage!! #FreedomToMarry”
Michelle Branch @michellebranch – “YAY Obama!! #EqualityForAll”
Ellen Page @EllenPage – “Yes! Go Obama! #MarriageEquality #LGBT”
Sarah McLachlan @SarahMcLachlan – “I love Obama and today I love him even more for his strong statement in support of same sex marriage………”
Taye Diggs @TayeDiggs – “I’m very proud to have a president who is vocally in support of same sex marriage. Today marks a watershed moment in American History.”
Piers Morgan @piersmorgan – “BREAKING NEWS: President Obama just endorsed gay marriage. One small step for him..one giant leap for mankind.”
devon sawa @DevonESawa – “I’ve got a lot of respect for the President.”
stuart townsend @Stu_Townsend – “sad that same-sex marriage is only now being endorsed by Obama, but at least it’s a start,makes me wonder which century I’m in. love is love”