Obama backs gay marriage

U.S. President Barack Obama says he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to get married, marking a shift in his evolving position on the issue that is likely to please his political base and upset conservatives.

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Bloomberg: Major turning point in 'American civil rights'

New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has shown his support for President Barack Obama's marriage equality, calling it a 'major turning point for American civil rights':

This is a major turning point in the history of American civil rights. No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people – and I have no doubt that this will be no exception.

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Celebrities heap praise on Obama after gay marriage decision

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“@barackobama: President Obama announces his support for same-sex marriage: http://t.co/MPfIBIUy” Bravo, Mr. President, and thank you.

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President @barackobama #THANKYOU for your support of equal rights marriage! RT & show the #POTUS some love, guys-n-gals!! #FreedomToMarry RT

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Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others!

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Openly gay singer Ricky Martin applauds Obama

Next Monday, President Obama will attend a fundraiser hosted by the openly gay singer Ricky Martin in conjunction with the LGBT Leadership Council and the Futuro Fund.

Following Mr Obama's interview with ABC News in which he expressed his backing for same-sex marriages, Martin tweeted:

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I applaud President @barackobama for affirming that ALL Americans should enjoy equal rights. Historic! I will be a very proud host on Monday

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