BREAKING: Here’s President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage:
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.
Below, Obama explains his daughters helped shape his view:
Multiple reports suggest President Obama will come out in support of gay marriage in an interview with ABC scheduled to take place today. Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin tells MSNBC that “there is every indication” that the President will come out in favor of marriage during that interview – the completion of an evolution in his position. It follows what some like the National Journal’s Major Garrett (above) believe was a trial balloon by Vice President Joe Biden this past Sunday. Biden said he supported equal marriage rights for gays. Obama’s hastily arranged interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts is expected at 1:30 PM. Updates here all afternoon.