"The White House, aware of the discontent, invited leaders of some prominent gay rights organizations to meet Monday with top officials, including Jim Messina, Mr. Obama’s deputy chief of staff, to plot legislative strategy on the hate crimes bill as well as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Among those attending was Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, who said afterward that while the gay rights agenda might not be 'unfolding exactly as we thought,' he was pleased. 'They have a vision,' Mr. Solmonese said. 'They have a plan.'
While Mr. Obama has said he is 'open to the possibility' that his views on same-sex marriage are misguided, he has offered no signal that he intends to change his position. And as he confronts that and other issues important to gay rights advocates, he faces an array of pressures and risks."
Also, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked yesterday about Obama's response to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Maine. Said Gibbs: " I think the President's position on same-sex marriages
has been talked about and discussed. He
supports civil unions."
Lane Hudson in Huffington Post: President Speechless on Marriage Progress. "We're in the midst of mind-blowing progress towards being treated equally by the law and the White House can't muster one bit of emotion or congratulatory tone. To say it's disappointing wouldn't come close."