HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile sounded off on President Obama's endorsement of marriage equality in a CNN appearance this week.
Signorile appeared alongside North Carolina Pastor Dwayne Walker, who doesn't support same-sex marriage but otherwise backed Obama, and Chris Barron, chairman of gay conservative group GOProud, who called Obama's declaration "a purely political process."
"I think the president really is comfortable in this decision," Signorile said. "I think he has been comfortable with the issue of marriage equality for a long time. He has gotten a lot of pressure, certainly, from activists and lot of the media asking him the question...it really was going to become just something that would be a drumbeat, a political problem."
Nonetheless, Barron took a more skeptical stance, noting, "If it's from the heart, the heart has changed a lot over the past 12 years."
Still, Signorile felt Obama's endorsement was overall more reflective of the U.S. stance. "That shift from 2004 -- every one of those moves he made -- is what the American people did, to now the majority of Americans supporting marriage equality," he noted. "This will not be a deal breaker for those who are already voting for the president."
Check out responses to Obama's endorsement from celebs and other personalities below:
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