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U.S. President Barack Obama Stops Short Of Backing Gay Marriage

Just days after New York state legalized same-sex marriage, president Obama stopped short of endorsing gay nuptials himself.

The Associated Press reports:

After months of saying his position on same-sex marriage is ?evolving,? President Obama traded that language on Wednesday for comments that stopped just short of endorsing the notion that gay people have the right to marry.

But if his personal evolution is complete, Mr. Obama, who has previously opposed same-sex marriage, is not saying so.

?I think what you?re seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they?ve got to be treated like every other American,? Mr. Obama said at a news conference. ?And I think that principle will win out.?

The president went on: ?I think we?re moving in a direction of greater equality and ? and I think that?s a good thing.?

Mr. Obama used those same words ? ?a good thing? ? to describe the debate that led to last week?s passage of a law making same-sex marriage legal in New York.

But when asked if he personally supported such marriages, the president demurred. ?I?m not going to make news on that today,? he said.

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