Update: Mitt Romney reaffirmed his opposition to gay marriage shortly after Obama's remarks. "I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor,” he said. “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 that I’ve had since running for office.” According to Politico's Ginger Gibson, when he was asked about President Obama's position, Romney said “I believe that based upon the interview that he gave today, he had changed his view, but you’re a better judge of that than I."
Original post: President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage is getting the full historical-moment treatment, sending politicians, advocacy groups and pundits racing to spin the announcement. "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," Obama told ABC News' Robin Roberts.
Among gay rights supporters, the President received an outpouring of support. "A great day in our fight for civil rights. President Obama adds his support for marriage #equality #BeatuifulDay," tweeted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "President @BarackObama's announcement is a major turning point in the history of American civil rights," tweeted New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Human Rights campaign issued a statement thanking the president for supporting gay marriage, saying "Without a doubt, President Obama's statement will inspire thousands more conversations around kitchen tables and in church pews. The statement added that "We are confident that our nation will continue to move inexorably toward equality and we thank the President for leading us in that direction."