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May 12th, 2012
01:38 PM ET

Breaking down the turning point on same-sex marriage

President Obama's announcement that he now supports same-sex marriage came after the country reached a turning point on the issue.
For the first time last year, surveys found the majority of Americans support same-sex marriage. And while it's still close to 50-50, the nation's stance has changed dramatically over the last two decades.
What's causing the change? Coming up in the Newsroom, we'll break it down for you - and show you how the issue could play out with constituents heading into the presidential election.
What do you think?


Filed under: Josh Levs
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Savion

    If presidents support same sex marriage what will come of next, pornography for all people?

    May 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  2. Harold

    Have no FEAR Mr. President, we Black voters realize that you were elected to govern ALL Americans Same-Sex or NOT !!! We are not about to throw you under the bus in November at the ballot box. Let's put those crooks in jail at JP Morgan/ Chase.

    May 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  3. kellyjdrummer

    I find it so unbelievably absurd to consider that your study/poll can be even close to conclusive or accurate. The issue is not whether same sex marriage is right or wrong or acceptable, but rather, are civic rights applicable to all people regardless of ANY situation they live in. The resounding answer, it seems no one can begin to think about, is YES. YES. YES.

    One example.....in your just viewed summary of for and against percentages, you claim blacks approve of same sex marriage at below 50%, but if you were to assess the real issue in this debate, equal rights, do you believe that number would climb to 100%? Absolutely.

    Josh, you as well as more than half of those in the mix, have completely missed the point. The issue is not gender related. Regardless of who you choose to live with or brand of toothpicks you prefer, you deserve to be treated with equality in all things civic, private and public.

    By the way, I am a white male Christian of 40+ years at an age of 58. I approve of same sex marriage, civil rights equality and have no concern with "shoving my religion down your throat." I don't own a "religion" and if I did, it's mine until you claim a piece of it, not until I 'shove it in your face' which, as stated, will never come from me.

    Thanks for looking,
    Kelly J.

    May 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  4. Doug from Alabama

    America Back-Doored. If he ran on this 4 years ago then nobody would care, but people have an issue (and rightly so) about people not being up front. Especially a Presidenr.

    May 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  5. Robert Ferranti

    Gay marriage ? should not even be a question,

    The answer to most of today's US political arguments were already addressed buy our forefathers.

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

    May 14, 2012 at 1:56 am |
  6. Stuart A L

    I live in NC and struggled with the vote last week. I sat in the booth for what felt like hours trying to figure out what or how to vote. I am a white male and neither democrat or republican. I knew that NC did not recognize gay marriage prior to the vote and had the amendment not passed, it wouldn’t change the fact the NC did not recognize same sex marriages. I have friends that are gay and a father that is gay. But the way in which the amendment was written asked me to identify what marriage is to me. This was not fair. It essentially asked me to look at 'my' moral stance as opposed to my governmental stance or view. Had the amendment been written another way and asked me, should NC extend the same privileged or rights afforded to married couples to individuals in partnership, civil unions or co-habited living arrangements – I would have voted a completely different way. I don’t think that government should recognize any marriage – rather give the option for two adults to contractually agree to share equitable rights, taxation, property and dependent care…the end. Take marriage out of it. It just wasn’t right…none of it…to ask me to weigh my personal beliefs against those of my civic belief. Had it been written to address equitable benefits, only, the outcome, for me, would have been different. I left the vote feeling horribly torn and sad and cried when I got to my car.

    May 14, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  7. John

    I wonder if anyone at CNN has the guts to ask Keith Ellison fom Minnesota about gay marriage or CAIR

    May 15, 2012 at 5:35 am |
  8. Mike

    I feel that everyone should have the same civil rights no matter what their sexual orientation. I don't know...call it a life-partner union if you have to, whatever. I do not believe however, that the sanctity of marriage should be violated by same sex marriage. It is a christian ceremony, the union of man and woman. I will not go into scripture but it's all over the place in the bible. Give them (same sex couples) their civil rights as a couple, just don't do it by allowing them to marry.. That's my opinion.

    May 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm |

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