In a soon to be released interview, ABC’s Robin Roberts, became the first reporter in history, to hear a sitting U.S. President endorse Gay Marriage. The sit down interview, was hastily secured as pressure mounted as the result of a flub by Vice President, Joe Biden. The Vice President, inadvertently endorsed Gay Marriage in a recent interview which lead to questions about the President’s own evolution on the issue. President Obama told Roberts “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“.
These historic words have never been spoken by any U.S. President, in part because Gay Marriage has failed to pass when placed on the ballot in any state (including California). No President has ever been willing to risk their Presidency, to fight for the rights of Gay Americans. The President has effectively wagered his second term, on his ability to sway the American people.