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President Obama comes out in support of same-sex marriage

Posted at 3:17 PM, May 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-09 18:09:20-04

(CNN) - President Barack Obama, who previously said his views on the issue were "evolving," said Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage.

"At a certain point, I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to affirm same-sex couples should be able to get married," Obama said in an interview with ABC News.!/BarackObama/status/200303635895296000

Obama was "disappointed" by Tuesday's vote on the issue in North Carolina, which he described as discriminatory against gays and lesbians, a spokesman said earlier Wednesday.

North Carolina voted to implement a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters of the measure pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it was needed to ward off future legal challenges.