Sam Stein

stein@huffingtonpost.comWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s ongoing evolution on the issue of same-sex marriage has ceased being only a topic of friction between him and the gay-rights community, becoming, in the dawn of the general election campaign, an early test of political character.On Monday, after Vice President Joe Bidenand Education Secretary Arne Duncanboth said they believed gay couples deserved the same rights as heterosexuals, the Obama presidential campaign and the White House were asked to explain why the president was unwilling to make a similar statement. Obama aides trotted out the usual responses: he had made more advances on gay rights than anyone who previously held his office, he opposed measures that discriminated on basis of sexual orientation and he would push for more progress well into his second term. FULL ARTICLE