Is President Barack Obama preparing to come out in favor of gay marriage?

The topic of the president's position on the institution has bubbled up to the surface once again.

At Netroots Nation, the progressive conference taking place this weekend in Minneapolis, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer created a kerfuffle when he claimed Obama did not fill out a 1996 questionnaire in which then-Senator Obama said he favored gay marriage. Pfeiffer noted that the president supports civil unions for gay and lesbian couples and is “evolving” on marriage.

But while not supporting marriage for gay and lesbian couples, Obama has come out against constitutional amendments defining marriage as a heterosexual union and has instructed the Justice Department to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that forbids federal agencies from recognizing the marriages of gay couples.

And there is ample evidence that the administration in working against DOMA in more subtle ways. For example, it recently gave states guidance not to discriminate against the same-sex spouses of Medicaid recipients.

Now The New York Times is quoting an unnamed Democratic strategist as saying that the White House is “looking at the tactics” of how the president could come out in favor of gay marriage.

All eyes, of course, will be on Governor Andrew Cuomo next week as he works to break a logjam in the Senate blocking his plan to make New York the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. And Cuomo has said he expects he'll be successful in legalizing gay marriage in the Empire State.

Coincidentally, the president has two Gay Pride commitments on his schedule: a black tie fundraiser in Manhattan this week and a reception at the White House the following week. Coincidence or good timing?