When the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, President Barack Obama praised the ruling.
Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, the President hailed the ruling as a milestone in American justice that arrived “like a thunderbolt.”
“This ruling is a victory for America,” said Obama, the first sitting president to support gay marriage. “This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.”
As night fell, the White House was lit in rainbow colors – a symbol of gay pride – to mark the high court’s decision.
But a video that has emerged shows that Mr. Obama was strongly against gay marriage in 2004.
“I have been very clear on that,” Obama said. “I am not a supporter of gay marriage!”
“ I think that the term marriage itself has strong religious roots and a strong tradition that means something special to people in this country,” Obama, who was then senator of Illinois emphasized in a TV interview.
So what has changed? What has caused the president to now believe in and support what he kicked against?
Watch the interview in the video below:
Credit: MRC TV