It was such a historic breakthrough at the time. And so much has happened since then that it seems like ancient history. But it will only be two years next month since President Barack Obama finally came out in favor of same-sex marriage.
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President Barack Obama on Friday addressed the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone. Sep 13, Posted Jun 26, AM.
The U. Supreme Court's decision on Friday that guarantees marriage equality to residents of all 50 states is a victory for the entire country, President Barack Obama said. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free," he said from the White House's Rose Garden shortly after the court's decision Friday morning.
In his write-in response to a survey, Obama stated his abortion position as conforming with the Democratic platform: "Abortions should be legally available in accordance with Roe v. In the Illinois state legislature, Obama opposed the Induced Infant Liability Act  and repeatedly voted against requirements and restrictions intended to stop what opponents label as "born alive" abortions. Obama voted against a bill that would have made it a federal crime for anybody other than a parent to accompany a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion.
President Barack Obama has evolved again on the issue of same-sex marriage, saying he now believes that the U. Constitution requires states to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. The president's remark appeared to be an incremental change from an interview last year in which he stopped short of explicitly endorsing such a right, while seeming to say that there was a "strong basis" for the court's to make such a finding.
Sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes there's days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt," Obama said in an emotional statement from the Rose Garden of the White House. But today we can say — in no uncertain terms — that we've made our union a little more perfect. Justice Anthony Kennedy issued the majority opinion in the ruling, which found that the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.