Obama: "I think same sex couples should get married."

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 8:44pm

In the wake of North Carolina's landmark decision to ban gay marriage, the Commander in Chief is speaking out during an exclusive interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts.

President Obama said he supports same sex marriage.  However, he said that this is his own personal belief.

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."

The President's remarks come just a day after North Carolina voters approved an admendment to the state's constitution banning same sex marriage.

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