By Paul Hogarth
Barack Obama made history yesterday, when he told an ABC News reporter that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. Marriage equality activists have had a rocky history with the President, who repeatedly shunned opportunities to do the right thing – and only recently admitted that his views on the issue were “evolving.” Obama chose to make this announcement less than 24 Hours after North Carolina voters – in a swing state his campaign views as crucial in November – passed by a solid majority an anti-gay marriage amendment, which made the news even more remarkable. But credit goes to the gay rights movement who refused to take “no” for answer – holding the President accountable that made yesterday’s watershed moment possible. And after Vice President Joe Biden endorsed gay marriage on Sunday, the groundswell became too much for Obama to sit on the sidelines.