Updated 5:04 pm ET
President Obama completed his “evolution” today on gay marriage, announcing that he supports same-sex unions.
Obama spoke to ABC News during an interview this afternoon that had been hastily arranged this week after Vice President Biden expressed support for gay marriage Sunday and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Monday received a shellacking from reporters who had finally become incredulous over Obama’s position that he opposed gay marriage but his views were “evolving.”
Let me take a moment to toot my horn and note that I predicted this yesterday. The political downside of Obama’s ridiculous, dishonest “I’m evolving on this issue” stance had come to outweigh the problems Obama would incur if he made his support for gay marriage known, I wrote.
Obama, you’ll notice in the video, suggested that he has backed gay marriage for some time, which is credible. He also suggested that he had withheld announcing his support out of respect for others, which is also credible if by that he means he DIDN’T WANT TO LOSE THEIR VOTES.
“I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient” to guarantee rights for gays, he said. “and I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word “marriage” was something that evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs, and so forth.”
Obama said he felt compelled to “affirm” his support for gay marriage because of an appreciation the lives and struggles of homosexuals he had observed and known over the past few years.
“At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.
Here’s Obama in August 2008 with Rick Warren.