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SPEAK OUT: Do You Favor Gay Marriage?

President Obama, who is seeking re-election, says he favors same-sex marriage. Share your thoughts.

Another factor has been tossed into the presidential race for 2012: gay marriage.

President Obama said Wednesday that he favors gay marriage. And the fact is, it already is legal in six states: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, plus the District of Columbia.

Should gay marriages be recognized by the U.S. government? By the state of Georgia? Tell us in the comments below.

"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," Obama said in a television interview with ABC. "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."

And the president's stance got some instant approval on social-media giant Twitter, according to Mashable.com.

The federal Defense of Marriage Act explicitly bars federal recognition of such marriages.

And presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has reiterated his stance against gay marriage. Ironically, Romney's home state of Massachusetts is one state that recognizes same-sex marriages.

"Well, when these issues were raised in my state of Massachusetts, I indicated my view, which is I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name," the former Massachusetts governor said.

It's a divisive issue almost everywhere, including Suwanee, Gwinnett County, and the state of Georgia. So now we ask? How do you feel about same-sex marriages? Tell us in the comments below.

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Tony Pearson-Clarke May 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I have lived in Georgia all of my life (Savannah and Marietta) and did not just move here from Sweden or California (no offense intended). In my opinion, gay marriage must be made legal. It feels right. It seems egalitarian. We all know and love a person (whose "orientation" we may or may not know) who undoubtedly deserves legal protection and societal recognition in his or her union with another. If Georgia's motto of "Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation" means anything, its ban on gay marriage should be repealed now. Actually, from a more rational perspective, I feel that the most sensible solution would be to remove the emotionally charged term "marriage" entirely and make all such legal unions "civil." Marriage, with its religious/sacramental origins ought to be applied, not by legal authority, but by the involved individuals or whatever spiritual, religious, or other community they embrace. But, perhaps in reaction to the insistence of certain "authorities," I think that only applying the term "marriage" to civil unions will effectively break the perceived hold of these figures on the discussion of who should or should not be allowed to have one. Gay persons collectively injure no more and contribute no less than the general population. U.S. political principle holds that objective criteria should trump pronouncements by self-appointed moral spokespersons when developing Constitutionally defensible law. This is a good day to apply this principle.
Carlos Gamboa August 02, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I have 2 Gay sons, 1 went to Mexico to get married. I told my son they can recieve all of mans approval they want, but God calls it an abomanation. who's approval really matters? Man,s or God ?, choose who you stand by!!!

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