BuzzFeed Politics
March 1, 2013

President Obama explained some of his reasoning behind Thursday's decision to weigh in on the challenge to California's Proposition 8 marriage amendment, saying, "I felt it was important for us to articulate what I believe and what this administration stands for." On the issue of marriage equality broadly, he said at a Friday news conference, "I think that the same evolution that I've gone through is an evolution that the country as a whole has gone through." Tying his evolution on marriage to the nation's views, Obama put into effect one of his regularly used tools: Organizing public opinion to back his view, to bring people along with him rather than to force the issue on his own.