Barack Obama's open endorsement today of same-sex marriage seems, to me, rather superfluous. No one doubted that a president of such intellect and sensitivity ever really opposed such a thunderingly commonsensical position, and sure enough, he didn't. And because same-sex marriage lies outside the realm of a U.S. president's direct influence, nothing much will change, except the right will go even more bonkers for a while.
Yet, there is one thing I'd wish to gently note. I appreciate the slim possibility of this happening, but would the activist left now please shut the fuck up about what a coward President Obama is. He may have just kissed off a few swing states--and in the kick-off to a presidential reelection campaign, it doesn't get any gutsier than that.