Obama Open to Marriage Talks

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com December 22 2010 5:50 PM ET

Hours after signing the bill that will allow out gays and lesbians to serve in the military, President Barack Obama
indicated he is open to fostering a dialogue on marriage equality in the
U.S.

At a press conference Wednesday, Obama told reporters that his feelings on marriage equality are "constantly evolving," but he mainly supports thorough civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

"But I recognize that from [the perspective of same-sex couples] it is not enough," he said. "And I think this is something that we're going to continue to debate and I personally am going to continue to wrestle with going forward."

When Jake Tapper from ABC News asked specifically about the military's recognition of gay and lesbian couples, the president responded, "As I said, this is going to be an issue that is not unique to the military. This is an issue that extends to all of our society, and I think we're all going to have to have a conversation about it."