There you go, Mr. Obama, how hard was that?
"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."The Americans still have to deal with retrograde state efforts like the ugliness in North Carolina that passed in an amendment last night, however. And there is likely to be some grumbling that he didn't come out with this statement in advance of that vote. But the vote likely pushed him to make his statement today. Along with an assist from Joe "who do you love" Biden.
As noted in this New York Times report, this is going to motivate his base, so there are political reasons in the backdrop for Obama's move.
While Canada is a same-sex marriage country, this is still, of course, a great moment for progressive people everywhere to celebrate. A leadership moment to be noted.