PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — President Barack Obama announced his position on same-sex marriage.
In an interview Wednesday afternoon, he told ABC News that he supports gay marriage, making him the first president to take that position.
As a candidate in 2008, Obama said he was against gay marriage and in 2010, he said his views were evolving at the time.
Now, he took a clear stance saying it is personally important for him to affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married.
KDKA-TV spoke to people in Market Square to get their views on the issue.
“I think it’s wonderful,” a woman said. “I definitely am all for gay marriage. I believe that you should be able to love who you want to love and be with who you want to be with.
“I don’t believe that marriage has to be between a man and a woman. I believe it should be between two people who love each other enough to make that commitment to each other.”
Another person had a different opinion.
“I disagree with same-sex marriage,” a man said.
“I’m for gay marriage – my best friend is gay,” a young woman said. “I don’t see nothing wrong with somebody being in love with the same sex.”
“Bad idea,” another woman said. “I’m sorry. That’s the way I feel.”
“I don’t see what’s wrong with approving that,” a young man said. “I mean, why can’t gays be married like regular straight people? If you love someone, does it really matter?”
“My opinion is they have a right to do what they want to do, but do I support it personally – no,” another woman said.
“I think they should have the same things we have,” added another woman. “They fight, they go to war, they protect us, they help us with health – why can’t they get married?”
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney says his opinion is the same as it always has been – marriage should be between a man and a woman and he is against marriage between people of the same gender.