Along with the rest of the country, President Barack Obama’s opinion on gay marriage continues to evolve. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, the former constitutional professor said he believes the Constitution requires all states to recognize same-sex marriage:
“Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states. But, as you know, courts have always been strategic. There have been times where the stars were aligned and the Court, like a thunderbolt, issues a ruling like Brown v. Board of Education, but that’s pretty rare. And, given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting.”
Until May 2012, Obama opposed marriage equality, but since then — and since 2013’s historic Supreme Court rulings and a recent SCOTUS decision not to interfere with lower court rulings on gay marriage — the tide has swept quickly and dramatically. So far, 32 states allow same-sex couples to marry with several states still pending legislation.