Obama Backs Same-Sex Marriage

President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.

In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.

“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,” Obama told Roberts, in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday. Excerpts of the interview will air tonight on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

In 2004, as a candidate for the US Senate, he cited his own religion in framing his views: “I’m a Christian. I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.”

He maintained that position through his 2008 presidential campaign, and through his term as president, until today. What do you think caused his change in heart?

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Snooki’s Huge Diamond Ring Stirs More Pregnancy and Engagement Rumors

Snooki may not have publicly confirmed it, but her ring finger tells the tale: The rumored expecting “Jersey Shore” reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is showing off what looks to be a huge diamond engagement ring.

The sparkler was on full display as the possibly pregnant celebrity headed to a pet store with her reality show co-star Jenni “J-Woww” Farley. Both People magazine and E! Online are reporting that Polizzi recently got engaged to the father-to-be, Jionni LaValle.

The star and MTV would not respond to the reports. The celeb has maintained silence on the latest rumors about her life, but she has made it clear that LaValle is The One. On January 12, she told People, “I know he’s the one so I know the ring’s gonna come soon… He knows it should be big, ’cause if it’s small, I’m saying no. Like, ‘Get another ring!'”

The two met in Seaside Heights in 2010 and have been dating ever since. “I’m in a stage,” the pint-sized personality told People magazine at the time, “where I’m like, ‘I want to marry you!'” Her quiet counterpart is studying to be a teacher. Sources claimed last week that the 24-year-old is about three months pregnant with LaValle’s baby.

Only weeks ago, Snooki publicly took to the airwaves to deny the initial pregnancy rumors, telling “Good Morning America,” “I definitely do want kids, but I’m not pregnant.” She has yet to confirm reports of her pregnancy or engagement.

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