3:24 pm May. 10, 2012
After President Obama expressed support for same-sex marriage yesterday, Michael Bloomberg issued a glowing statement calling it, among other things, "a major turning point in the history of American civil rights."
Asked today at a press conference in Queens about student absenteeism whether Obama's stance might actually move him to endorse the president for re-election, the mayor, an independent who has been courted by both sides, didn't say.
"I’ve always believed that it’s not the government’s business who you marry," said Bloomberg, who supported the successful push to make same-sex marriage legal in New York State. "It’s not a question of being in favor or against or how you define marriage. It’s just from a civil point of view, government should not get involved with who you love, who you live with, who you marry. And I was pleased to see the president enunciate the similar view, and my hope would be that Governor Romney also evolves and understands that in this country there are people who are violently opposed to it. But I think a majority of the people—depends on how you ask the question—but people are coming around to believe the same thing.
"You know, there are a lot of things that I agree with the president and I agree with some things from Governor Romney ... But I thought the president did the right thing. I don’t think he did it for any reason other than he looked in his heart and in his mind, and he thought about it and he decided this is what’s right. And I hope, as I said, that Governor Romney eventually comes around to the same conclusion, because I do believe it’s right."
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