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President Obama declares support for same-sex marriage. We’ll look at the politics of gay marriage.

President Barack Obama is seen on television monitors in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. President Barack Obama told an ABC interviewer that he supports gay marriage. (AP)

President Barack Obama is seen on television monitors in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. President Barack Obama told an ABC interviewer that he supports gay marriage. (AP)

Joe Biden blew the doors open on Sunday, saying he was fine with same sex marriage. Arne Duncan, Barack Obama’s education secretary, was suddenly right there too, on the record. And then yesterday, for the first time in history, the President of the United States endorsed gay marriage.

President Obama, saying “I think same sex couples should be able to get married.” Gay marriage supporters – now half the country, we’re told – were ready to carve that on a monument. Opponents, Mitt Romney, ready to fight.

This hour, On Point: History made. What now for gay marriage and the president who’s endorsed it?

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent at the Washington Post.

Richard Kim, executive director TheNation.com. He’s written on the issue of gay marriage here.

Jeffrey Bell, director of policy of the American Principles Project, is author of The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism. He has written about the issue of gay marriage here.

Rick Thames, editor of the Charlotte Observer.

From Tom’s Reading List

ABC News “In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.”

CBS News “Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday said he unequivocally opposes “marriage between people of the same gender,” drawing a contrast to President Obama’s “evolving” position on the issue.”

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