With President Barack Obama’s statement Wednesday afternoon that he now supports gay marriage, people interviewed in the South End reacted with excitment.
"I've been going through an evolution on this issue. I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," said Obama in an interview with ABC. "At a certain point, I just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think that same-sex couples should be able to get married."
"I think it’s a good thing,” said Tony Robbins, 71, a professor from the South End as he strolled along Columbus Avenue. “I think [his remarks] are reflecting the times.”
"I’m rather excited about it,” said Brent Persun, 23, a graduate student from the South End walking along Columbus Avenue. “It’s great to have a president who endorses same-sex marriage.”
"I think it’s a great move on his part,” said Jackie Cader, 58, a retired South End resident as she chatted with a neighbor on Claremont Park. “I’m glad he did it.”
"It’s a good thing and the right time for it,” said Amy Erink, 42, a software engineer from the South End as she sat on her Clarendon Street stoop.