Obama's visit to New York City on Thursday included a high-profile fundraiser at the annual LGBT Leadership Gala at the Sheraton New York, in the very midst of 2011 NYC Pride events.

President Obama's stance on same-sex marriage has been said to be evolving. And now it might have come to a new phase. Obama has publicly expressed his opposition to gay marriage throughout his career in national politics. When he ran for office in 2008, he clearly stated that he was opposed to same-sex marriage, while running as an ardent supporter of the homosexual community.

The fact Obama fundamentally supports full equality for gays and lesbians and opposes a federal ban on same-sex marriage tells at least the major direction of what his position is evolving toward