As expected, President Barack Obama told ABC News today that same-sex marriage should be legal.
In an interview, which will air in its entirety Thursday morning, Obama said:
"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."
Obama's words came a day after North Carolina approved of a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman, making it the 30th state, including Idaho, to ban same-sex marriage.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, when asked about gay marriage while shaking supporters' hands, declined to comment, saying, "Not on the ropeline."