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The politics of gay marriage

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Vice President Joe Biden made a bold statement this weekend when he said he is "absolutely comfortable" with the idea of same-sex marriage. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also came out and says he supports gay marriage.

But don't expect President Obama to change his stance, as he continues to say he does not support marriage between two men or two women.

Why is this the case, when behind-closed-doors, most political analysts would say the president supports gay marriage? Would he lose the 2012 election by a wide margin if he came out in support?

On the same hand, if he gets elected to a second term, will he be the first President to support same-sex marriage?

Obama has said that his stance on same sex is evolving, which sets him up to give full support after the election in November.

Why is it so politically dangerous to support gay marriage right now?

This all comes as a ballot initiative to ban same sex-marriage comes to a vote in North Carolina this week and, Minnesota, voters will be tackling the issue on the ballot in a six months.

In a statement from Biden's office, the VP's spokesperson says, "Vice President Biden was echoing the President's position: that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans, and that we oppose any effort to rollback those rights."

So, why won't the president just come out a support gay marriage? How difficult is it -- both politically and personally -- to take that extra step?

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