By Justin Sink
On Monday, another member of Obama's Cabinet came out in support of gay marriage.
Arne DuncanArne DuncanIn search of the surest Common Core exit route The opt-out movement and the coddling epidemic Senate approves Obama education chief MORE, secretary of Education, was asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" if he believed gay marriage should be legal.
"Yes, I do," Duncan responded, saying he didn't know "if I've ever been asked" about his position on the subject before.
Asked about the vice president's comments on a conference call with reporters Monday morning, senior campaign adviser David Axelrod said the vice president's statement was "entirely consistent with the president's position."
Gay marriage proved a tough wedge issue for Democrats in the 2004 presidential campaign, when Republicans sought to drive evangelical voters to the polls with state-level anti-gay-marriage initiatives. And while national attitudes have shifted to favor gay marriage — a national poll from Pew released last month shows support for same-sex marriage edging opposition 47 percent to 43 percent — legalization remains unpopular among African-American and elderly voters.
In North Carolina, an important swing state and home to the Democrats' 2012 national convention, voters will head to the polls Tuesday to consider a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. According to a PPP poll released Monday, the amendment seems likely to pass, with the legislation leading by a 55-39 percent margin among likely voters.