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Obama: So Maybe I’ll Support This Gay Marriage Thing

Sitting down for a 45-minute chat with progressive and gay bloggers, President Barack Obama insisted the gay community should not be disappointed with him, which is like telling a toddler who hates Brussels sprouts to simply stop hating them. It was the first time he interacted with members of the gay media since he was elected, so that’s news! But in taking questions, he refused to answer that one about whether he believed DADT is unconstitutional, which has quickly become Queerty‘s favorite game, SO DRINK. He did, however, hint that maybe he’ll come out for gay marriage.

“I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage,” Obama told his small audience. “But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine. And I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships. I have staff members who are in committed, monogamous relationships, who are raising children, who are wonderful parents. And I care about them deeply. And so while I’m not prepared to reverse myself here, sitting in the Roosevelt Room at 3:30 in the afternoon, I think it’s fair to say that it’s something that I think a lot about. That’s probably the best you’ll do out of me today.”

Check in with him Thanksgiving 2012, when he’s secure in his second term.