Update: President Obama says same-sex marriage should be legal
msnbc senior analyst and Morning Joe regular, Mark Halperin, just finished up an interview with Andrea Mitchell where he said there is “…every expectation that we will within the next hour be in a different world where we have a POTUS who supports the legalization of gay marriage.”
Halperin cited the president’s upcoming interview with Robin Roberts, “Good Morning America” co-host, as the place where he expects the president to state his position.
Halperin also said he believes Vice President Joe Biden’s comments on “Meet the Press” forced the president’s hand.
“But even before the Vice President spoke on ‘Meet the Press’ in favor of gay marriage. The president, I think, was headed in this direction before the election.”
Halperin also said “there will be a lot of speculation of the political implications, it’s just as likely to help him win re-election than hurt him.”
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza also joined the conversation and said there are “real dangers” for President Obama if he does come out in favor of same-sex marriage. Yet Cillizza also agreed with Halperin on the idea the GOP runs the risk of taking their eyes off the economy if they go after the president hard on gay marriage.