On Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden suggested he supported same-sex marriage. On Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated his unequivocal support for the issue. And now, against a backdrop of pressure for clarity from all sides of the political and ideological spectrum, President Obama has taken a definitive stand on gay marriage.
“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,” Obama told Robin Roberts in an interview with ABC News yesterday. The comments mark an apparent end to Obama’s two-year, self-described “evolution” on the issue.
Reverend Nancy Petty is co-pastor at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a lesbian and has made history by being the first openly gay minister to lead a Baptist church in the American South. Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issue Analysis at the American Family Association, a Christian-values non-profit organization.