On an otherwise unremarkable day -- May 9, 2012 -- you touched my heart when you 'came out' and said publicly that you have come to believe that same-sex couples deserve more than civil unions and should be allowed to marry legally.
It seems like just yesterday that I wrote a HuffPost blog complaining about our president and vice president and their "evolving" opinions on gay marriage. Actually, it was yesterday. What a difference a day makes.
The president and his advisers must have calculated that the benefits of appearing resolute and firm outweighed the costs of alienating conservative democrats in swing states. In a sense, Obama pulled a card from George W. Bush's playbook, saying to voters, I am the Decider.
President Obama knows that a growing number of Americans and people of faith understand this as a simple matter of fairness for all families. Obama has chosen to stand in the gap, even as conservatives manipulate religion to undermine the core value of equal standing before the law.
Below are some arguments from HuffPost Pundit users on whether the President's new stance lowers his chances for reelection. Who makes the strongest argument? Place your votes and give us your best argument in the comments below.
Marriage, love, honor and commitment: Why are these words used only to describe heterosexual couples? How ridiculous is this? These are basic human rights and to deny one group the ability to have equal treatment and rights under the law is insane.