President Barack Obama now supports gay couples' rights to be married, he said in an interview with ABC News.
"[A]t a certain point 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,” Mr. Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts.
This marks a long-anticipated shift from Mr. Obama's position when he was running for president in 2008. New York legalized gay marriage in 2011, so the local effect is somewhat diminished, but this is still a landmark moment.
Here is where your congressional candidates, running to represent the north country in the Nov. 6 election, stand on the issue:
Rep. Bill Owens has signed on to a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman on the federal level. He said he would have leaned toward voting to approve gay marriage if he had been a state legislator in New York.
Matt Doheny, vying for the GOP nod in a June 26 primary, said in an email:
"I believe marriage must be defined as the union of one man and one woman. I do not support New York and other states expanding marriage to include same-sex couples. The federal government was right to define marriage as being between a man and a woman in 1996 when it passed the Defense of Marriage Act. President Obama was wrong to direct the Department of Justice to stop defending the statute in court – and Congressman Owens is wrong to support a repeal of DOMA."
I have also reached out to Kellie Greene, Mr. Doheny's June 26 opponent, and will update when I get a response.