Thompson, then a traveling aide, recalls long conversations about topics like the Stonewall Rebellion that sparked the gay rights movement, gay adoption — Mr. Obama once volunteered that Mr. Thompson recalled — and same-sex marriage, which Mr. Obama has in the past opposed. Thompson, an Obama supporter, is skeptical about that.
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Three days later, in the middle of his re-election campaign, Barack Obama followed the lead of his vice-president. In , Bill Clinton had signed the Defense of Marriage Act Doma in the middle of the night because he thought that was necessary to ensure his re-election. Now a new Democratic president had embraced the push for equality as a political plus, especially with the younger voters who were so important to his success. The tidal wave of change continued. The judge found that Doma was unconstitutional under the due process guarantees of the fifth amendment and ordered the federal government to issue Windsor a tax refund, including interest. Jones was the fifth federal judge to find the law unconstitutional. Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington state approved marriage equality initiatives — and Minnesota voters rejected a state constitutional amendment that would have banned it.
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In a stark reversal of what he's previously said about how his faith informs his views on same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama prominently cited his Christian background in a major ABC News interview on Wednesday where he came out forcefully in support of legalizing same-sex marriage. Speaking for himself and First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday, the president said he has changed his views since last famously saying he was " evolving " on how he feels about same-sex marriage. And that is that, in the end the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others. The quote contrasts with his interview with WTTW, a Chicago public television station, in which he invoked religion to come out against same-sex marriage but for civil unions.