After days of White House waffling, President Barack Obama is expected to talk about gay marriage on Wednesday in a hurriedly arranged interview with ABC News.
The full interview with Robin Roberts is set to air on Thursday’s “Good Morning America,” but because of the heightened interest in where Obama stands on the issue, portions are expected to be released in advance, Politico
The decision to talk comes after Obama was put on the spot when vice president Joe Biden expressed his support for same-sex unions on Sunday. That was followed by a similar statement from education secretary Arne Duncan the following day.
Also on Monday, reporters at a press briefing openly laughed at White House spokesman Jay Carney as he repeatedly tried to explain Obama’s views on the subject. At one point Carney claimed that Obama’s views hadn’t changed even though they were evolving.
Obama’s hesitation to give full support to gay marriage has been seen as a political ploy as he knows it is still unpopular with many voters. North Carolina voted on Tuesday to amend its state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, a decision that Obama called “disappointing.”
Obama’s position was further complicated by the disclosure that back in 1996 he had written in a survey by a Chicago gay newspaper, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriage, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages."
A Gallup poll this week showed 50 percent of Americans now support gay marriage, but the ideological divide was clear with 65 percent of Democrats and57 percent of independents in favor. However only 22 percent of Republicans say they support same-sex marriages.
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