Obama on Gay Marriage: English Listening Exercise
Last week, Barack Obama made a historic statement, at least for people living in the United States, when he told ABC News that he supports giving gay couples the same marriage rights as straight couples.
For now, this is just a statement of support, and does not change the law in the United States, but it is the first time a president has openly supported gay marriage.
Watch the short video below of the president making his statement, and then try to answer the listening questions.
1. ____ been going through an evolution on this issue.
2. What tense is Obama using in this sentence? Why?
3. ______ ____ Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
4. What does the phrasal verb above mean? Do you know what Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is?
5. I ___ hesitated on gay marriage.
6. What tense does he use above? Why?
7. It is important for me to __ _____ and affirm that I think same-sex couples _____ be able to ___ married.
8. What do you think? Are gay couples are allowed to get married in your country? Do you think they should be able to?
Answer the questions in comments and we’ll respond.