Cabinet Secretaries Are Silent After Biden and Duncan Plug Gay Marriage

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"The only way to have questions about the president's position on the freedom to marry slow down and go away is for the president to be clear and forthright in his support for the freedom to marry as so many other leading Democrats, including members of his own cabinet and the vice president, now have done," Wolfson said.

Obama canceled a trip to North Carolina on the day that the state voted on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions — an amendment Obama has opposed but which appeared likely to pass.

Carney refused Tuesday to discuss Obama's recent conversations about gay marriage, though he suggested that the president might finally be willing, as gay rights advocates say, to complete his evolution.

"I'm sure it is the case that he will be asked again at some point when he gives interviews or press conferences about this issue, and I'll leave it to him to describe his personal views," Carney said.

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