I found this (as well as yesterday's filing about the DOMA case) interesting and rather predictable, honestly.WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing the principle of equality that drove the nation's founding, President Barack Obama spoke out Friday against California's ban on gay marriage and said the Supreme Court should strike it down.
A day after his administration filed a friend-of-the-court brief unequivocally calling on the justices to strike down California's Proposition 8 ballot measure, Obama said he felt there was no way for his administration to avoid the case.
"I felt it was important for us to articulate what I believe and what this administration stands for," the president said.
The nation has gone through the same evolution he has gone through about how gay couples should be treated under the law, said Obama, who once opposed gay marriage but changed his position last year during his re-election campaign.
Same-sex marriage came up in the campaign and he still managed to win the election.
The current pro-same-sex marriage polling is somewhere around 51-53% in favor of it, and increasing.
A few more states endorsed same-sex marriage in the November election.
The Supreme Court has specifically taken on two same-sex-marriage-related cases for this month.
Many many leading companies in the USA have filed briefs with SCOTUS supporting same-sex marriage.
Some leading Republicans have done the same.
His administration already refused to defend DOMA and added explicit anti-discriminaton rules to gov hiring practices.
He's already voiced public support in a way that no other president has done to this point.
The conservative religious Republican demogogues continue to take a beating in the polls.
It's not like he is flying in the face of conventional wisdom and taking a huge risk.
The wave is actually rolling forward.
He's just grabbing his board and surfing the crest of it.
If you were a betting man, it seems like a win-win to ride that wave (and not a huge risk).
Now is probably the perfect time for him to jump out there and push things along.
So it's not surprising.
Only an extreme risk-adversive man would have failed to catch the wave.