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Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage: Will It Influence Parks Board?

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama publicly backed same-sex marriage and made history as the first sitting president to support the issue.

After years of tiptoeing around the issue, President Barack Obama declared on Wednesday that he is a supporter of same-sex marriage, reports the Huffington Post. 

The move is somewhat historic, considering no sitting president has ever publicly backed the issue.

"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 in a sit-down interview with ABC's Robin Roberts.

The interview will air in full on Thursday's edition of "Good Morning America."

On the local level, the announcement comes just one day before a much-anticipated ruling on whether to change the "w/spouse" discount to

The final decision will be made by the Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Board at its 5:30 p.m. meeting on Thursday.

The Nat issue was first broached by when he and his husband, Coty May, were told by Natatorium staff in January that they could not receive the w/spouse discount — which equates to a $260 annual savings — because their Washington D.C.-based marriage wasn't recognized by the Ohio Constitution.

Coty — a U.S. Army veteran who was injured while serving in Iraq — had used the city gym for physical therapy.

Following the exchange with Natatorium staff, the couple posted an online petition that drew 5,400 signatures. to Mayor Don Robart’s office in February to attract local and, subsequently, national attention in an attempt to convince city leaders to change the rules.

Tim Gorbach, the parks board chairman, has encouraged the public to attend Thursday's meeting at the Natatorium and weigh in before the board delivers its final call on the issue.

John McMillan May 11, 2012 at 12:23 AM
ugh...please quit with the religious rantings...they have no place in this discussion. Not everyone is forced to believe in the type of God you obviously pray to.
John McMillan May 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Excellent question, Rev. Hamilton. I have wondered the same thing. Heterosexual marriage has become pretty much a farce, if you ask me. Certainly, any God would not be happy with the state of the institution as heterosexuals have defiled it. But, I suppose that must be the fault of the gays too, eh? Seems to me that marriage only needs to be protected from the abuse of heterosexuals.
John McMillan May 11, 2012 at 12:32 AM
North Carolina...where it's ok to marry your cousin, just not your GAY cousin!
John McMillan May 11, 2012 at 12:53 AM
...so many things wrong with this post. This was a factual article, with no bias slant. The NC story was a separate piece altogether. The President's statement IS huge news, bigger than NC, regardless of your opinion, and it does tie in to local events. And human rights are not subject to a vote of the people. You're saying that discriminatory practices should never be an issue in the community? Also, section 3 of DOMA has been abandoned as unconstitutional, and is not defended by the Justice Department at this time. So, no law-breaking going on here. YOUR bias is definitely showing, however...
Maro S May 11, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Ohio is my home state and I'm hoping CF does the right thing by ALL of its citizens and opens up its discount to the wide range of couples and families that live there and all over America. Equality will win the day!

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