Obama once opposed such marriages. He later indicated his views were "evolving."
"I had hesitated on gay marriage, in part, because I thought civil unions would be sufficient," the president said. "I was sensitive to the fact that -- for a lot of people -- that the word marriage is something that provokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs."
You know there are going to be some who see this as a clarion call for the end of the world. I'm sure they are the same who thought a black man as president would spell the end of the world, so take whatever grains of salt are required. But, for me, it is a moment of hope that this country can change, grow, evolve, survive.