Obama and gay marriage
Obama spoke at a Manhattan fundraiser on Thursday and, although he did not specifically state that he supports gay marriage, told gay rights advocates that, "I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country." This took place against the backdrop of the current debate in the NY State Senate over whether or not to vote on a bill to legalize gay marriage in that state.
Of course his statement is a complete non sequitur, in that we all have the same "rights". And when it comes to marriage, every man has a right to marry a woman, and every woman a right to marry a man...or not. What this is really all about is the "de" definition of marriage, meaning redefining marriage to the point that it ultimately doesn't mean anything at all.
But as for Obama, is there actually any doubt in anyone's mind that he favors legalization of gay marriage? Doubtful. But it's even more doubtful that he will "come out of the closet", so to speak, and endorse legalizing gay marriage BEFORE he stands for re-election in 2012.
Considering all of the political problems he has as a result of the economy, ObamaCare and government debt and over-spending, he figures that there's no sense in upsetting senior citizens and the black community before then. Those being two groups that are least likely to support gay marriage.
In other words, if he wins re-election, looks for a public endorsement of gay marriage sometime around the 2013 State of the Union Address.