President Obama, who is under mounting pressure to clarify his thinking on same-sex marriage after top aides publicly embraced it in recent days, will sit down for an interview with ABC News on Wednesday during which he is likely to be pressed on his “evolving” views on the issue, according to people familiar with the matter.The interview was scheduled yesterday afternoon, and according to Jennifer Epstein at Politico, many are speculating that this may be the moment the president finally completes his evolution from supporting equal rights for gay couples except for marriage to equal rights for gay couples, full stop:
“I think the waiting is finally over,” said Richard Socarides, who served as an LGBT adviser to President Bill Clinton. “I’m hopeful that the president is going to speak directly on this issue. When he does, I think it will be an important moment.” [...]Endorsing full equality, without "separate but equal" exceptions or conditions, is the right thing to do, and it's long past time for the president to do the right thing. Here's hoping that's his plan.
Given recent developments, “we’re certainly hoping that the president, like the vice president, will talk about the journey of understanding that now leads him to embrace the freedom to marry,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom To Marry.
“Ending exclusion from marriage is a question of moral significance that we expect presidents to speak out and lead on and the drumbeat of voices most recently from within the administration … makes it both easier and necessary for the president to take a stand,” Wolfson added.
12:09 PM PT: He did it! The president has officially endorsed marriage equality. Send an email to President Obama thanking him for endorsing marriage equality.