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POLL: Should Gays Be Able to Legally Marry?

Between President Obama saying he supports gay marriage and North Carolina recently voting to ban gay marriage, Patch wants to see how Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant residents feel about the controversial issue.

Unless you've been living under a rock, it's quite clear that one of the most debated topics in politics lately has been gay rights, and last night, the President joined the movement. 

In a sit-down interview with ABC News Thursday, President Barack Obama finally came out in favor of gay marriage, a topic he claimed to be "evolving" on throughout his presidency. While he said he's always believed in equal rights for gay couples, he wasn't convinced the union should be called marriage -- until now.

"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, 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," he said.

President Obama's decision came on the heels of Vice President Joseph Biden telling NBC's "Meet The Press" that he was in favor of gay marriage, and North Carolina voting to outlaw gay marriage.

However, now that Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant residents have had time to digest all the news, it's time for Patch to put its finger on the pulse. Vote in our Patch Poll and tell us in the comments: What are your feelings on gay marriage?

Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) May 12, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I think, because marriage is a legal contract, all citizens should have equal protection under the law and their sexuality should have nothing to do with it. When I hear the view that gay marriage threatens hetero marriage I just shake my head. The only thing threatening hetero marriage is divorce. Also, I believe wholeheartedly that gay people are not making a choice, and they were born this way. Because I also believe God doesn't make mistakes, I believe everyone is equal, which leads us back to equal protection under the law.

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