I love Obama, but sometimes I'm reminded that in many ways, he is still a politician. Nowhere is this more apparent than his stance on gay marriage. He is FOR civil unions but AGAINST gay marriage. Now, it's understandable why he held this position during the campaign; He was courting independents who were more likely to be swayed by social issues.
However, the Windy City Times reported that when President Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate in 1996, he was unequivocally for same-sex marriage President-elect Obama’s answer to a 1996 Outlines newspaper question on marriage was:
“I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” There was no use of the phrase “civil unions”
Granted, it's possible Obama has changed his views over the past 13 years, but more than likely he has been playing politics. As the population continues to shift towards favoring gay marriage, I won't be surprised when the President reverts back to his old stance.