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How President Obama's Speech on Same-Sex Marriage Has Evolved

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 07:12 PM

Although President Barack Obama announced his support of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, his speech has not always shown such backing for the cause.

His first public statement on the issue comes from February 1996 when Obama was a state senator of Illinois, according to ABC News. In a questionnaire, he said he favored the legalization of same-sex marriages, but later in 2011, it was revealed he personally never wrote the statement.

Obama’s next statements were not made until October 2004.

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“What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman,” then-U.S. Sen. Obama said, according to ABC. “I don't think marriage is a civil right.”

In October and December 2010, President Obama shared his apprehension of declaring that same-sex marriage should be legal. He said that because of his beliefs of traditional marriage, but friendships with LGBT individuals, he was struggling to be placed on a side.

Obama said he believed civil unions should protect the same legal rights given to married heterosexual couples.

While the White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer reported in 2011, “The president has never favored same-sex marriage. He is against it,” Obama stated throughout the year he was “still working on it,” according to ABC.

During the 2012 reelection campaign, however, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney confirmed his beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman, according to CNN. It was time for Obama to respond.

“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,” Obama told ABC.

In 2015, the Supreme Court declared that gay marriage is protected in the Constitution, and Obama said he celebrated the court’s decision.

“This ruling is a victory for America,” Obama said, according to The Huffington Post. “This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.”

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Obama is not the only Democrat to have flipped on the issue. While Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced her approval of same-sex marriages in April, in 2000, she stated, according to The Washington Post, “I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.”

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