NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher is interviewed by Lila Shapiro about how Obama's marriage flip-flop will affect the Presidential race:
What was your first reaction when you heard the president say that he thought that same-sex couples should be able to get married?
Relieved. Lying to the American people to get elected is always wrong, so it's good he's come clean on the issue.
Do you think this is a turning point in the debate over marriage?
In the debate? No. In the elections? Quite possibly yes. President Obama probably just did something for Mitt Romney that Romney was having a hard time doing for himself: consolidate his support among evangelicals.
Plus he just put himself on the wrong side of 61 percent of voters in North Carolina, a key swing state. The cheers of Hollywood and Manhattan are not going to be that helpful come November. I do believe he was pushed by his gay donor base to do this.
He chose the money over the voters. We'll see how that turns out in November.