Michelangelo Signorile, Sirius OutQ radio host and Huffington Post Gay Voices editor-at-large, said Thursday that President Barack Obama seemed to fear the political repercussions of fully supporting same sex marriage.


“Why can’t he simply be with the rest of the country with this?” he wondered during an appearance on The Young Turks. “I think there’s an irrational fear in the campaign and the White House."

"I think he got himself in a box here with this evolution thing, and he’s really grappling with how to get out of it," Signorile continued. "The rest of the political world and the Democratic Party has moved on, and it is going to be really tough for them to clamp down on this movement to put it on the platform. The base of the party is really completely behind the issue of full civil rights for gay people."

While President Barack Obama does not support equal marriage rights for LGBT Americans, the White House has said for months that his beliefs were “evolving” on the issue.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Los Angeles mayor Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have both called for marriage equality to the official platform of the DNC.

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