WASHINGTON – During an interview with MTV conducted Friday at the White House, President Barack Obama confirmed his support for marriage equality and LGBT equality.
Obama said it should be up to individual states to determine whether to approve marriage-equality laws and said he expected the courts to weigh in on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which he believes is unconstitutional.
The President noted that he originally supported civil unions, but that his opinion evolved as he spoke to same-sex couples who persuaded him that civil unions were not equal to marriage.
“First of all, I’ve been very clear about my belief that same-sex couples have to be treated, before the eyes of the law, in the same way as heterosexual couples. I think that's the right thing to do. It's based on my personal experience, seeing loving couples who are committed to each other, raising kids and are just outstanding people. And I was supportive of civil unions, but they taught me, if you're using different words, if you're somehow singling them out, they don't feel true equality,” said Obama, who touted his record on LGBT rights and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
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