Now Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
"When I think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed, in 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're 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...
...[W]hen I meet gay and lesbian couples, when I meet same-sex couples, and I see how caring they are, how much love they have in their hearts, how they're taking care of their kids, when I hear from them the pain they feel that somehow they are still considered less than full citizens when it comes to their legal rights, then, for me, I think it just has tipped the scales in that direction."
Interview for ABC News with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, May 9, 2012
[Editor's Note: Prior to Barack Obama's May 9, 2012 statement above, he expressed Pro, Con, and Not Clearly Pro or Con positions at various points in his political career.]
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to gay marriage. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to gay marriage.
Involvement and Affiliations:
44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2008
Former Member, US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Foreign Relations Committee, Environment and Public Works Committee, and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Recipient, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (for the audiobook edition of his book The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream), 2008
Illinois State Senator, 1997-2004
Civil Rights Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
Former community organizer, Chicago, IL
Former Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School
Former President, Harvard Law Review
Recipient, Chairman's Award, National NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), 2005
Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
Recipient, Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
Recipient, Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
Recipient, Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997