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Obama comes out in favor of marriage equality

Remember a few years ago when even our most liberal politicians had a hard time getting the words “civil union” across their lips?

Today, the president of these United States has said he supports full-on same-sex marriage.

"I've been going through an evolution on this issue. I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," Obama said. "At a certain point, I just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think that same-sex couples should be able to get married."

Talking heads are wondering at his nerve just a few months before the general election. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the announcement “a major turning point in the history of American civil rights.”

The Log Cabin Republicans said it was cold comfort the day after North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment defining as being between a man and a woman.

Cyndi Lauper approves.

ProgressNow New Mexico Executive Director Pat Davis sent out poll info showing New Mexicans exhibit growing support for same-sex marriage rights. According to Public Policy Polling numbers from December, 45 percent of people in the state are in support of gay marriage. That number is eight points higher than it was just six months before the poll was conducted. The shift is a result of Democrats and independents decreasing their opposition, says PPP. Two-thirds of New Mexicans support legal equity for same-sex couples, if not full marriage rights.