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Obama must come out for gay marriage

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I have an op ed over at Headline News' Web site about the recent brouhaha over VP Biden's new-found support for gay marriage. Here's an excerpt:

It seems like someone in the White House has convinced the president that gay marriage is an election-year loser. The problem for the president is that conservatives already think he’s for gay marriage, regardless of what he says, and Democrats know he is. No one believes the verbal contortions. All they serve to do is offend a key Democratic constituency in the lead up to an important national election.

If anyone in the White House thinks they can pocket-veto this issue into obscurity until after November, they’re going to be sadly surprised come early September. In the middle of the Democratic convention, the party will decide on repeated requests from senior Democrats to include marriage equality in the party platform. No matter what they decide, it will make news, and same-sex marriage will yet again steal the news cycle from a president who’d rather focus on anything else eight weeks before we go to the polls.

But there’s a way for President Obama to avoid all of that. He can evolve already, and come out for gay marriage now.

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