Van Jones, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, and MSNBC's Alex Wagner have strongly suggested they would like to see Obama support gay marriage.

During the Monday edition of NOW with Alex Wagner, host Alex Wagner and a panel discussed Obama's position on the issue.

Obama has said he supports civil unions for gay and lesbian couples and is “evolving” on gay marriage.

Noting the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) strategy of pitting minority groups against gay marriage supporters, Wagner asked Jones, a fellow at the Center for American Progress, whether the president would “lose some of the black vote if in fact he did come out in support of gay marriage?”

“I think if President Obama came out as gay he wouldn't … President Obama is not going to lose the black vote, no matter what he does,” Jones joked.

“I don't understand this particular strategy,” added Jones, who is African-American. “It's not a hard-core issue for that many African-Americans. In fact, I don't even understand the argument that gay marriage is a threat to marriage. It's not like, if the gay people get married, then the heterosexual people got to get divorced. There's some shortage of marriage, they're coming to get all the marriage that's left. It's just kind of nuts.”

“Then why not just come out in support of it,” Wagner said. “I think that there's a broad acknowledgment … that the president is of course in support of gay marriage, he just can't say it yet.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Elizabeth Warren calls on Obama to endorse gay marriage.)