Here is some of the reaction by Americans from around the country after President Barack Obama voiced his support for gay marriage.
“It definitely felt a like an important moment. For someone who’s been fighting in this movement for a long time … it’s overwhelming. Wow!” – Chris Seelbach, a gay rights activist elected last year as Cincinnati’s first openly gay city councilman.
“I’m not really for gay marriage. I think a man should be with a woman in God’s eyes and a woman should be with a man. But to each his own.” – Joanie Taylor, 55, who works in the medical field and lives in Utica, Mich.
“His coming out in favor of gay marriage demonstrates that the issue is more important than anything of a political nature during a presidential campaign. … I think this shows courage. He did this despite the fact that he might lose votes over it.” – Glen Miles, senior minister at Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Mo.
“This will unify the gay community, completely. He’s going to have us 100 percent behind him.” – Keith Adams, 47, of Hollywood, Calif.