Rachel Maddow On Obama’s Support For Gay Marriage: It Was ‘A Matter Of Conscience’ For The President

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow paid a visit to the Today show Thursday morning, where she spoke about President Barack Obama voicing his support for same-sex marriage.

“I think that symbolic value is hard to see in the moment,” Maddow said when asked what, if anything, has actually changed after the President’s comments.

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Maddow also noted that the presumptive GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, remains committed to the notion that marriage is between a man and a woman, and called the Republican party’s stance on gay marriage “very, very conservative.” The host also believes that gay marriage will become part of the Democratic party’s platform.

“This is about our lives, this is about our families,” she said, speaking as a gay person working in the news media. “This is about whether or not we’re hurt by policy made in the public arena.”

Maddow also noted the disconnect between polls showing steadily increasing support for same-sex marriage and votes — such as that in North Carolina this week — that keep declaring gay marriage unconstitutional on a state level. She chalked up President Obama’s comments as “a matter of conscience.”

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