President Barack Obama changed his tune and officially declared his support for same-sex marriage Wednesday, becoming the first sitting president to do so, according to ABC News.
"I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts in a sit-down interview that will air in its entirety on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday.
The President also emphasized that his stance on the issue is personal and he supports states deciding on their own where they stand on same-sex marriage, ABC News reported.
Leaders on both sides of the aisle, the gay community, as well as citizens responded in full force to Obama’s announcement, including at least one local leader.
Congressional representative Judy Chu, running to represent Glendora and other San Gabriel Valley cities in Congress, voiced support on her facebook page Wednesday:
“I am thrilled to see President Obama speak in favor of marriage equality for all Americans. Marriage is a right that everyone – gay or straight – deserves to enjoy. I’ve spent my career advocating for marriage equality. I am more optimistic now than ever that we can finally put the days of dividing Americans by sexual orientation behind us. If gay men and women are fighting in our military and dying on our behalf, the least we can do is ensure they have equal rights here at home.”
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