President Barack Obama on Monday said
he's “still working” on gay marriage.
Last October, the president told a
group of gay bloggers that he supports civil unions for gay and
lesbian couples and was “evolving” on marriage.
“I have been to this point unwilling
to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my
understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage,” Obama
said last year.
“But I also think you're right that
attitudes evolve, including mine.”
“And I think that it is an issue that
I wrestle and think about because I have a whole host of friends who
are in gay partnerships. I have staff members who are in committed,
monogamous relationships, who are raising children, who are wonderful
“I think it's fair to say that it's
something that I think a lot about,” he added.
When George Stephanopoulos asked Obama
during an ABC News interview on Monday whether he would support gay
marriage by Election Day 2012, the president, who
spoke glowingly about his administration's record on gay rights at a
gay fundraiser on Saturday, answered: “I'm still working on