(05/10/12) - President Barack Obama is receiving praise and criticism for his announcement Wednesday that he now supports same-sex marriage.
The news was all over the political newspapers in Washington with headlines like "Obama shifts, backs same-sex marriage" and "Gay marriage debate evolves" – a play on the president's own.
ABC12 sat down with Senator Carl Levin who says he wasn't really surprised the president made these comments, but he says he made the right decision.
"I think it was a personal decision on his part, and these are personal positions. These should not be political or partisan decisions – they ought to be based on one's own personal view as to what is the right thing for same-sex couples to be allowed to do. I think they should be allowed to get married, and I think the president is right," Levin said.
ABC12 was not able to get a comment from our local Republican lawmakers – Rep. Dave Camp or Rep. Candice Miller – about this issue. But a Republican congressman from New York says he believes the president's announcement was a political move to rally his troops heading into November's general election. The congressman also believes the same-sex marriage debate takes away from things that need to be done in Washington.
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