Speaking at an event for LGBT Pride Month, President Obama stated that nationalized same-sex marriage needed to be “done now,” adding that he thinks America has already hit the “turning point” on the issue:
We’re not going to have to wait that long. From Minnesota to Maryland, from the US Senate to the NBA, it’s clear we’ve reached a turning point …. Eventually America gets it right. That doesn’t mean we can be patient. We know from our own history that change happens because we push it to.
Obama then stated that he and Vice President Joe Biden were living proof that America can change over a short period of time. He wasn’t referring to his own “evolution” on the issue of same-sex marriage. He was referring instead to America’s acceptance of him as president and Biden as vice president. “You’ve got a couple of guys on stage that I don’t think anyone in their high schools would have thought would be the president and vice president of the United States,” Obama said.
Obama has relied on the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which would effectively nationalize same-sex marriage. He has never attempted to repeal DOMA through legislative means.