President Obama Announces Support of Same-Sex Marriage

By Scott Sarvay

May 9, 2012 Updated May 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM EDT

Washington D.C. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - President Obama announced Wednesday that he is reversing his decision on same-sex marriage. He is reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.

In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this decision, based on conversations with his staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and his wife and daughters.

Excerpts of the interview will air Wednesday night on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

The President stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states’ deciding the issue on their own. But he said he’s confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with gays and lesbians getting married, citing his own daughters’ comfort with the concept.

Obama’s likely Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, opposes gay marriage, and fought his state’s highest court, as governor, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004. Romney said on the campaign trail Monday that he continues to oppose gay marriage.

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