In Case You Missed It of the Day

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President Obama talked gay marriage with the ladies of The View this morning, and though he declined to say whether he would publicly fight federal laws that limit the rights of gay and lesbian couples, he told co-host Barbara Walters "we don't think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional."

Congress is clearly on notice that I think it's a bad idea. This is going to be a big contrast in the campaign because you've got Governor [Mitt] Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can't have same-sex marriages.

In a lighter moment, co-host Joy Behar asked Obama whether he knew about "the controversial sex book" Fifty Shades of Grey, which is topping best-seller lists across the country. The president admitted he did not know, but promised, "I'll ask Michelle when I get home."


Say What Now of the Day

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken), scion of presidential hopeful and idealistic college student darling, Ron Paul, was quoted as saying that he didn't think President Obama's views on same-sex marriage "could get any gayer."

Paul said this during an event sponsored by Iowa's Faith and Freedom Collation to laughs, because nothing says "freedom" in America than to smack talk someone's opinion about gay marriage.


Mitt Romney's Hypocritical Words of the Day

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Yesterday, Mitt Romney spoke at the Christian college, Liberty University, where he tried breaking through his Mormon image to become the Evangelical Christian candidate to beat. Pandering to the crowd, he made a couple interesting statements about gay marriage and the state of Christian values in America. To wit:

Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.

But in the same speech, Romney also said:

Whether the cause is justice for the persecuted, compassion for the needy and the sick, or mercy for the child waiting to be born, there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action.

Of course the "persecuted" in question, sadly, does not include same-sex couples who were denied legal unions in North Carolina, but rather the downtrodden wealthy white males who bully and assault gay teens.


Infographic of the Day

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A public transit-style guide to the evolving Obama and Romney positions on gay marriage. (Embiggen.)


Not The Onion of the Day

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This is a screengrab from today's Fox Nation story on President Obama's support of gay marriage. It has since been changed to read: "Obama flip flops on gay marriage." Still a fail.


Breaking News of the Day: Obama Backs Gay Marriage [UPDATED]

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President Obama has publicly announced his support for gay marriage in an interview today with Robin Roberts.

I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, 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.

Obama, who is the first U.S. president to openly back gay marriage, had come under fire this week for remaining mum on the subject after Joe Biden and Arne Duncan publicly declared their support. The president's announcement comes a day after North Carolina voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that bans marriage equality.

Obama's interview will appear on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday. Excerpts will air tonight on ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer.


Awesome Vice President of the Day

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Vice President Joe Biden may be a public grump who bares a resemblance to wrestler Bob Holly, but he certainly isn't afraid to speak his mind. As is the case this morning, while Biden was on Meet the Press, he made some pretty strong comments regarding marriage equality:

I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights.

Biden even further articulated a thought that will hopefully put less-than-gay-friendly bros (see: Rick Perry) to shame

Who do you love? Who do you love and will you be loyal to the person you love? And that's what people are finding out what all marriages at their root are about. Whether they are marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals.

While President Obama has come out in support of civil unions, Biden is the highest ranking official to endorse marriage equality.