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President Obama Supports Gay Marriage, Hollywood Reacts

President Obama Supports Gay Marriage, Hollywood Reacts

Celebs are tweeting their thanks to President Obama who has publicly voiced his support for same-sex marriage.

“I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue. I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally,” the commander in chief told Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts on Wednesday (May 8).

“At a certain point, I just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think that same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Barack added.

Here’s how Hollywood has responded:

Ellen DeGeneres: Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I’m overwhelmed.

Neil Patrick Harris: Bravo, Mr. President, and thank you.

Ricky Martin: I applaud President @barackobama for affirming that ALL Americans should enjoy equal rights. Historic! I will be a very proud host on Monday

Jane Lynch: Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others!

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: With @MichelleObama & @JustinMikita permission I would like to marry @BarackObama right now!

Fran Drescher: So proud of our President who showed such leadership& the meaning of America’s freedom 4 all!

Sean Hayes: Thank you to @BarackObama for taking a forward-thinking stance on equality for all gay Americans and for supporting gay marriage.

Sophia Bush: Thank you Mr. President. @BarackObama speaks up for #Equality today. #LoveIsLove

Evan Rachel Wood: Wooooooo! @BarackObama

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  • Halli

    Yet another way this highlights the major differences between Romney and Obama. Romney has no core and would never make a single decision or utterance unless an entire focus group could take a poll first.

    I respect and admire the President for making a politically risky and bold decision on an election year. He’s yet again making history again!

    OBAMA 2012!

  • Verite

    All I have to say is that its about damn time someone spoke out for the side of common sense. Supporting same-sex marriage is this generation’s equivalent of supporting interracial marriage. So grow the heck up people in the US (I am Canadian btw and same-sex marriage is legal here) and realize that because your neighbours Sue and Jennifer are married doesn’t mean you are somehow going to “catch” their homosexuality or something and it does not diminish your (probably very dysfunctional) hetero marriage. Marriage is just a friggen formality these days … nobody does it anymore and nobody stays married. So let’s spread the non-love and include everyone in the silliness.

  • Girl

    I’m really neither here nor there when it comes to American politics (not American), but yeah, the elections are this, probably doing it to get the vote from the gay community. He didn’t really need to say it as I doubt many gay people would vote for republicans, anyway!

  • John

    Thank you President Obama! Thank you for standing up for equal rights for all!

  • Effy

    I don’t get how people can be AGAINST gay rights. People should have the freedom to love WHOEVER they want. OBAMA!<3

  • ms_levitt

    yay!!!! ( from germany) :)

  • solecito

    Not sure about his true motive, but I think it’s all about re-election. Why didn’t he make this statement earlier?

  • Nice of him to do this, but I still wont vote for him after all his screw ups. Reagan once said that America would have a president whose celebrity status and personality would cover up for all his errors, and its sad for African Americans that Obama had to be that person.

  • Equality for All!

    Now President Obama – please move the DNC Convention out of that NC backwater now where you can marry your cousin but not if they are gay!

  • danielle

    @:

    Well, Reagan should know–he certainly covered up all his crap with his celebrity status and personality.

  • mel

    Yay!! While I’m not American I still have my opinions about their politics (as I know most people do) and I firmly believe that politics and religion should not mix. Obama says he’s a Christian but he doesn’t shove his religious beliefs down Americas throat. There is NO place for a biased president and I’m so glad Obama believes in treating everyone as an EQUAL!!

  • Dace Franco

    Obviously, What was he suppose to say? Still think he’s a puppet. Ron Paul in 2012

  • Halli

    @:

    Are you seriously going to call Obama a celebrity while supposedly quoting Reagan… who was an ACTOR!! LMAO!

  • Dace Franco

    @solecito: Agreed! Look at his smirky face.

  • Halli

    @Dace Franco:

    Ron Paul is a homophobe and is anti-choice. He is far from Libertarian.

  • Halli

    @Dace Franco:

    Ron Paul is a homophobe and is anti-choice. He is far from Libertarian.

  • Kee

    i could not be happier that obama has finally revealed that he is all for gay marriage! i have new faith for him! :)

  • Dace Franco

    Ron Paul in 2012. He is better equipped and much smarter than this HYPE machine known as “OBAMA”. He gets nothing done and keeps in the spotlight by catering to celebs & talk shows. He is a celebrity.

  • Dace Franco

    Look: I’m all for equality but Obama is such a puppet.

  • Lexy

    I’m overwhelmed by this news, in a good way of course! I’m just so happy because it’s about time gay people are able to marry just like us heterosexuals can. His words send such a positive message for gays and lesbians everywhere. He definitely has my vote.

  • bahha black sheep

    one term president

  • Gossipgirl

    @Halli: just so there is fairness here; the POTUS supported gay marriage in 1996, then he flipped in 2004 and then he opposed it again in 2008. Now supports it today. It is easy to see what we want in candidates when they support various positions, but the fact is that it is now politically expedient for hi. To support it, hence his announcement today.

  • Tam

    So Mr President, is that all what you have to say to the world and to your people? You’ve done nothing of a value through your 2 years or so or of ruling the US. Are we thankful? No.

  • ehhhh

    So now i can only give a thumbs up for comments that you agree with Jared?

    F YOU JJ !!!

  • Dace Franco

    Ron Paul all day, everyday. All you hypocrites don’t know what you’re missing… OBAMA is a puppet. Plain and simple.

  • Halli

    @Gossipgirl:

    Its far from politically expedient. This President is in virtual ties right now in hey swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. He needs white working class blue collar voters who are often socially traditional and conservative. This was a real risky move on his part and he is only going to inspire all the far-right who were lukewarm on Romney to come out and support him because to them gay marriage is like spitting in god’s face. This really only made things more complicated for the Obama team when he could have easily said and done this after the election. It says a lot about his character right now that he is putting out a variable like this on an election year. It only makes it more unpredictable which way voters will turn.

  • zzzzz

    another distraction

  • Coral

    Ron Paul’s domestic policies are a little troubleing, love the foreign policy.
    Anyone standing by the Constitution,like Paul, at this point has got my support.

  • Marieke de Graaf

    Big thumbs up from the Netherlands!!

  • Sayer

    I love how the people who hated Mr. President and weren’t planning to vote for him anyway are b8tching about this. Lol!

  • KAY blood

    Thank you Mr. President.

  • ROMNEY 2012

    ROMNEY WILL WIN FOR SURE NOW THIS IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OBAMA COULD POSSIBLY MAKE!!!

  • ad

    As an Australian i don’t always agree with american politics but this is great for the gay community. (and everyone who supports them) – and not 2 be a negative jerk but i think this was the safest thing Obama could push for his agenda.

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    its official America is going to hell

  • jenfan

    being a Christian im taught tht homosexuality isnt the best thing..bt at the same time I am taught that we r all equal!!! Ppl should be able to marry and be in love with whoever they want..only God has the right to judge…i dont live in america so it doesnt affect me but Congrats!!!

  • American Strong

    I am voting Republican now for the first time in my life this is a travesty to the moral fabric of America. Special interest groups are in charge of our country not the people.

  • OMG

    NOW conveniently just before re-election he supports gay rights?? After 4 years????

  • OMG

    I’ll be waiting for him says now he supports environmental issues and the Latinos rights.

    Sorry but Obama has been a great disappointment to many who expected more from him during his time. Now he wants 4 more years to do nothing AGAIN.

    His only achievement has been to become a celebrity… hobnobbing with all the celebrities, keeping track of the Kardashians and talking nonsense in the thousands dinners he offered for them.

  • me

    Obama has an understanding about people, especially the troops..he cannot conceive that someone who is willing to die for their country cannot get married..Potus will always be on the right side of history. I think he had a lot of angst supporting this because of his own religion but when he took religion out of it and made it into a civil rights issue it certainly made a lot of sense!!!

  • Sayer

    @American Strong: You were always a Republican. Please!

  • haha

    omg he is as bad a sell out as Lady Gaga and her antics. He was anti gay and now come re electioin time he changes his mind…AHAHAHHA flip floppin hypocrite!

  • sad

    he is the worst president ever., my middle class family who was quite well off all our lives, has suffered immensely since he became pres. All I ever see him do is laughing,singing and attending parties with rich people. why is this topic so important and gets so much attention? what about the Americans suffering right now, not eating cant find jobs etc….!!!!!!???

  • vgdfr

    WOW he did this for their vote, thats all. How convenient for who? HIM!

  • overrated

    f this overrated subject. All I care about is the economy and terrorism staying off my land. Obama sucks, hes done nothing if you lived in America you would see how bad many are suffering since he became president…its uncanny.

  • BetsyR

    If marriage is so wonderful – we should not limit who can get married. That’s just common sense.

  • http://Kikicohen202@yahoo.com Kikicohen

    @solecito:
    That would be because he is heading to LA tomorrow for the Clooney fundraiser and desperately needs those Hollywood (people’s) $$$$. Is it any coincidence that his “decision” on gay marriage was made exactly ONE day before that trip?? Although I support gay marriage, I think his timing is lame- makes me question motive as being money

  • Kempis

    Remember back in the day when all a candidate needed to do was just kiss a baby in front of a camera?

  • http://Kikicohen202@yahoo.com Kikicohen

    @Halli:
    Yep- exactly- but- he needs the $$$ desperately for his campaign and the Hollywood heavy hitters were threatening to cut him off if he didn’t take a stand on gay marriage ( and not against it) . Romney has the funds already to outspend Obama if things continue the way they’re going, so….
    In some people’s opinion, it was more risky to not take a stand on gay marriage than to take a stand in the affirmative and risk losing those 2 states you mentioned in your post. Problem I have with Obama regarding this, although I’m pleased with his decision and genuinely happy for gay people wanting to get married, is how he vacillated so much through the years on the issue and now that there’s money on the table, he yells, “yes!”, from the rooftops- seems disingenuous.

  • http://Kikicohen202@yahoo.com Kikicohen

    @vgdfr:
    Actually, the gays represent less than 1% of population- h
    But you’re right on track!- he did it to get the vote and wallets of all ofHollywood for his campaign- exactly ONE day before his lovefest with George Clooney and company- what a coincidence….

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