Bay State reacts to Obama's same-sex marriage stance
BOSTON (WHDH) -- In 2004, Massachusetts was the first state to accept same-sex marriage.
Now people in the Bay State are reacting to President Barack Obama’s support of the controversial issue.
“I’m just so moved because it’s such a principled stand. I think the President is right, it won’t be popular in all quarters, but it’s based on realty that there are gay and lesbian Americans who are forming families and having children,” said Mary Bonauto, the director of GLAAD Civil Rights Project. “And he was honest about the fact that he had to travel a road to get where he is, but it’s the values of love and commitment and family that have brought him there. I just think that it’s a very powerful statement and lesson for all of us.”
People in Massachusetts are saying that his change of mind is not likely to change many people’s votes or their opinions on the issue.
“In all honesty I’m for gay marriage so if he supports that, it’s fantastic,” said one woman.
“I don’t even know if he necessarily was against it. I think he was kind of on the edge, I’m just glad to see some clarity,” said one man.
“He is trying to please everyone -- election year,” said a man. “That’s what he’s doing. I won’t vote for the man.”