There's this post over at Gateway Pundit. It shows how the issues is coming down in Black churches and it was reported that the President even gathered a group of Black pastors to explain his position on gay marriage. He announced his support in a TV interview and it made big news last week.
Also at the Ward Room, since Mitt Romney is considered the Republican nominee for President a comparison is made by Edward McClellan between Illinois and Massachusetts. While Romney is said to oppose gay marriage the state where he was governor essentially has gay marriages. Illinois on the other hand doesn't allow for it, although this state has civil unions.
The Ward Room article even came to this conclusion:
Now, the tables have turned. In an e-mail to supporters, Obama declared “my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry” and wrote, “where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.”
That sounds like an encouragement to legislatures to pass gay marriage bills. He wants to leave the decision on gay marriage up to the states, but he’s saying that if he were still an Illinois state senator, he’d vote for a gay marriage bill.
Obama’s statement should be a signal to the General Assembly to take up HB5170, a gay marriage bill introduced in March by Reps. Greg Harris, Kelly Cassidy and Deb Mell, the three openly homosexual members of the House. It is currently languishing in the House Rules Committee. The feeling seems to be that since Illinois passed a civil unions bill last year, it’s too soon to take the final step, and approve gay marriage.
Obama may not have been ready to endorse gay marriage, either, but he was forced to take a stand after Vice President Joe Biden came out in favor of it. Sometimes, history won’t let you wait.