The big political story of the week comes from President Obama's interview with ABC's Robin Roberts. In case you missed it... the President has now switched his position regarding gay marriage. Here's what he told the GMA Anchor: "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".
A slight majority of Central California residents "disagrees" with the President. According to a new and exclusive Action News Poll conducted by Survey USA, 49% disagree with President Obama that same-sex couples should be able to get married. 46% agree with the President... 4% are not sure. Survey USA conducted the poll of 500 adults after news broke regarding President Obama's change of heart and policy.
The poll results show men, those respondents ages 18 to 49, Hispanics, Democrats and Independents agree with the President... while women, those respondents over age 50, whites, and Republicans disagree in big numbers. Missing from this poll are the views of African-Americans because too few respondents of this group were interviewed to have an impact on the data.
There's been a great deal of reaction to the President's reversal on gay marriage. Here's a sampling:
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer: "This is a historic day and another step in our country's long march toward equal rights and justice for all. The President's statement is a milestone and so important for the millions of American families who deserve full equality. None of us can rest until marriage equality is a reality for all Americans."
GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney: "I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. This is a very tender and sensitive topic as are many social issues. But, I have the same view I have had since running for office."
Fresno Pastor Jim Franklin: "I don't think this is going to make any difference when it comes to the politics of this because this is an issue truly the people should decide... and one hundred percent of the time when people vote on this, they vote for traditional marriage."
CA Governor Jerry Brown: "Equality before the law is a pillar of American Democracy. I applaud President Obama's support for the right of same-sex couples to marry."
Now, sound off... what's your opinion of the President's new position on same-sex marriage?