President Obama's administration has been known to support the LGBT community, citing the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell law as a major victory; Vice President Joe Biden even said on "Meet The Press" over the weekend that he was "completely comfortable" with the idea of same-sex marriage and said that everyone deserves the same rights, no matter their sexual orientation.
However, Obama himself has never come right out and said he was in support of gay marriage, perhaps because it's such a hotly debated topic that he understood it to be political suicide to come out in favor of it. But that's about to change, as President Obama will reveal his thoughts in an interview with Robin Roberts that airs tomorrow morning on "Good Morning, America". It's possible his change of heart has come about after all the negative attention North Carolina has received since an amendment was voted in yesterday that bans same-sex marriage.
Obama credits his own wife and daughters for opening his eyes to the issue of gay rights:
"...(Daughters) Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective," the president said.
Obama added that he and his family share Christian values but try to focus on the Golden Rule: treat others as you would be treated. He says that may not make him popular with a certain group of people, but that he and his wife try to impart those values to their daughters and that is what's most important. While his views are only personal--he reiterates that fact, saying he is of course in support of separate states dealing with the issue however they see fit--it may mean a huge jump for him at the polls this year.