Talk Back: What do you think of Obama's support of gay marriage?
Wednesday was a big day for advocates of same-sex marriage as President Obama -- after months of "evolving" -- said he supports gay marriage.
He voiced his position in an interview with ABC News on Wednesday afternoon, just days after Vice President Joe Biden said he is “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex couples marrying.
At a certain point," Obama told ABC, "I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married."
Supporters of same-sex marriage have believed Obama has privately supported gay marriage, but has held off stating it outright for fear of alienating some voters. Many advocates of marriage equality said Obama’s statement is overdue, but “late is better than never.”
Obama's announcement was predictably cheered in West Hollywood and by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, but some supporters question Obama's decision to make the statement in an election year.
"Glad he reaffirmed his position -- not sure how far he'll take it. I'm sure it is a political calculation to eventually bring it back on Romney -- who at one time supported gay marriage rights," Jill Kennedy commented.
Reader Harry Ball wrote that the president is simply pandering for votes, while other readers wrote they'd prefer to believe the statement is a sincere end to Obama's "evolution."
What's your opinion? Weigh in with your thoughts.
-- Samantha Schaefer
Photo: Ken Pierce of Equality Action Now waves a rainbow flag outside the James R. Browning Courthouse in San Francisco in December. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times