The biggest news this week was that President Obama came out in support of gay marriage. I imagine some people jumped to the wrong conclusion when they saw the words "President Obama Comes Out" and "Gay" in the same headline.
People are wondering if the President's new, pro-gay marriage stance, is going to have an effect on the election in six months. Maybe it will in some places, but not in my area. If you drew a Venn Diagram of "people who will vote for President Obama" and "people who support gay marriage", you'd find a huge overlap. I don't foresee many people here changing their votes away from Obama because of this issue.
To be honest, the state of California rarely matters, when it comes to Presidential elections. Thanks to the time differences, the election usually over by the time our polls close. In any case, California always votes for the Democratic candidate, who in this case is President Obama.
I've been writing about California's legal debate on gay marriage for a while now. As I predicted, the latest ruling on the case has been appealed. The appeal has not yet been processed, even though it's been three months; we'll have to wait and see if the appeal goes to the full Ninth Circuit (of California) or the full Supreme Court (of the United States of America). So, at this point, it's possible that our state will force a national ruling on this issue within a year or so. Once the appeal is processed, we'll know for sure.
Either way, it seems to me that when California puts the issue of gay marriage before the US Supreme Court, it doesn't really matter who the President is at the time. The President can't vote for or against the issue, and he can't veto the court's decision. So...I don't think the issue of "how the Presidential candidate feels about gay marriage" should have a large effect on the Presidential election, because the Supreme Court will decide the issue, not the President.