President Barack Obama may not be finished in his crusade to grant equal rights to gay Americans.
On Dec. 22, the same day that Obama signed legislation to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," the President said that he is going to "wrestle" with the topic of allowing gay marriages in the United States. He said that the issue will be a hot topic in the near future, and he is prepared to have a "conversation" about allowing same-sex marriages.
"My feelings about this are constantly evolving. I struggle with this," Obama said during a press conference at the White House. "At this point, what I've said is that my baseline is a strong civil union that provides them the protections and the legal rights that married couples have, and I think that's the right thing to do. But, I recognize that from their perspective that's not enough."
Even former Presidents are weighing in on the nation's acceptance of gays. In fact, Jimmy Carter went as far as to say that the U.S. is ready for a gay president "in the near future." In an interview with Big Think, Carter compared the issue of homosexuality to the nation's racial tensions between blacks and whites 50 years ago, saying that both have "averse and progressive elements."
Fred Sainz of the Humans Right Campaign told The Charlotte Observer believes that a lesbian has a better shot at the presidency than a gay man because people have "stereotypes with gay men about hypersexuality."