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President Obama finally ended years of skepticism over his alleged “evolution” on the subject of gay marriage today. “I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” he told ABC News today.

Unfortunately, Obama did this while I was out to lunch, and by the time I got back approximately everyone on the planet had already reported this. So there’s really not much left to add except this: I’m very happy he finally cut out the gobbledygook and stood up for what’s right. Will it make a substantive difference? Maybe not. Will it make things worse, by polarizing opinion on the subject even more? I doubt it, but it’s possible. Was this a purely political calculation on Obama’s part? Possibly.

But I don’t care either way. Sometimes you just need to say where you stand and let the chips fall. This is one of those times. For more, check out David Corn’s take here.

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