Andrew Sullivan has written a lengthy piece about Obama and the gay marriage debate. We can now only wonder at what the electoral consequences will be. IÂ believeÂ that Obama’s popularity will strengthen. He will be able to paint Mitt Romney into a corner very easily.
Â For gay Americans and their families, the emotional darkness of Tuesday night became a canvas on which Obama could paint a widening dawn. But I didnâ€™t expect it. Like many others, I braced myself for disappointment. And yet when I watched the interview, the tears came flooding down. The moment reminded me of my own wedding day. I had figured it out in my head, but not my heart. And I was utterly unprepared for how psychologically transformative the moment would be. To have the president of the United States affirm my humanityâ€”and the humanity of all gay Americansâ€”was, unexpectedly, a watershed. He shifted the mainstream in one interview. And last week, a range of Democratic leadersâ€”from Harry Reid to Steny Hoyerâ€”backed the president, who moved an entire party behind a position that only a few years ago was regarded as simply preposterous. And in response, Mitt Romney could only stutter.