Obama Defends Endorsement of Gay Marriage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The president says the country has never gone wrong when it has "expanded rights and responsibilities to everybody."

President Barack Obama poses for a photo after honoring the 2012 National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS award winners, Saturday, May 12, 2012, during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama is defending his personal view that gay couples should have the right to marry. The president says the country has never gone wrong when it has "expanded rights and responsibilities to everybody."
The president was raising money before an audience of gay and lesbian supporters in New York. His comments at the fundraiser were his first to such an audience since he announced last week his personal support for gay marriage.
Obama said expanding rights for all people doesn't weaken families -- it strengthens families.
The president told his supporters that he still believes in them, and hopes they believe in him.
Obama's Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, says marriage is defined as being between a man and woman.

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  • by Brandt Location: Clarksville on May 15, 2012 at 05:37 PM
    Religious groups and the GOP have suppressed the rights of the Gay and Lesbian community for FAR too long. It was about time a public official like Obama stood up for this human rights issue while Mitt Romney hides behind Red State Religion and his Magic Mormon Underwear. See Mitt in his sacred undergarments praying for enough money to buy this election so he can spread his bigotry and homophobia at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on May 14, 2012 at 11:29 PM
    We stand in a nation that lives by less and less morals every day. This is wrong and disgusting. Obama only claims to support gays so they will vote for him in November. Mitt Romney 2012.
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      by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM in reply to Jason
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