As ThinkProgress points out, he has become the highest-ranking American official ever to support full-blown marriage equality (as opposed to civil unions). “His comments signify a split within the Obama administration,” Igor Volsky writes, “and may pave the way for President Obama — who says he supports civil unions and is still evolving on the matter — to also embrace equality.”

I have to admit that I have never thought Obama is being honest on this front. When you look at his background, at his political coming-of-age, at all the progressive folks who have shaped his views along the way, it just doesn’t strike me as plausible that Obama would have any real problem with gay marriage. I think his stance reflects political expediency, not his true beliefs. But either way, here’s hoping he “evolves.”

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Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.