President, Voters Send Opposing Messages on Marriage

Wedding RingsJust one day after the voters of yet another state affirmed marriage as the union of one man and one woman, President Obama announced that he now supports gay marriage. 

On Tuesday, citizens in North Carolina, a swing state that will host the Democratic National Convention in September, approved a marriage amendment to their state constitution with 61 percent of the vote.  FOX News reported, “Since early Tuesday morning there were people at the polling places despite the rain and bad weather in some parts of the state, a level of participation not seen in decades.”  North Carolina became the 31st state to adopt such a measure protecting marriage.

On Wednesday, President Obama, who had been under pressure since Vice President Joe Biden signaled support for gay marriage over the weekend, announced his new position in an exclusive interview with ABC News.  While noting his belief that this should be a state rather than a federal issue, President Obama declared, “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.”

• Learn more about North Carolina’s marriage amendment.
• Find out more about the President’s interview on gay marriage.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations