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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama smiles after signing legislation repealing military policy law while Eric Alva (L), formerU.S. Marine Staff Sgt. stands nearby during a ceremony December 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Obama signed into law a bill repealing the don't ask, don't tell law against gays serving openly in the military. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Okay, President Obama is down with gays in the military, HOWEVER he is trying to evolve his feelings and understanding and move his position on same-sex marriage to a positive and forward direction.

Chats the President with The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld:

OBAMA: I'm not going to make more news today. The sentiment I expressed then is still where I am—which is, like a lot of people, I'm wrestling with this. My attitudes are evolving on this. I have always firmly believed in having a robust civil union that provides the rights and benefits under the law that marriage does. I've wrestled with the fact that marriage traditionally has had a different connotation. But I also have a lot of very close friends who are married gay or lesbian couples.

OBAMA: And squaring that circle is something that I have not done yet, but I'm continually asking myself this question and I do think that—I will make this observation, that I notice there is a big generational difference. When you talk to people who are in their 20s, they don't understand what the holdup is on this, regardless of their own sexual orientation. And obviously when you talk to older folks, then there’s greater resistance. And so this is an issue that I'm still wrestling with, others are still wrestling with. What I know is that at minimum, a baseline is that there has to be a strong, robust civil union available to all gay and lesbian couples.

Let's give him some time, he'll come around.....

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