Confirmed: Obama to Address Same-Sex Marriage Debate Tonight

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney expects President Obama to break his recent silence on same-sex marriage at an LGBT fundraiser tonight. But he doesn't anticipate any surprises, "I'm sure he will mention it," said Carney to the White House press pool. "And I think [he'll] make the point that he always has that he believes that this is something that states should be able to decide."

Carney's confirmation comes on the heels of a week-long debate in Albany over the final details of the law. As we and many other publications anticipated, Obama wants to avoid inserting himself into the New York State Assembly's business so as not to upset conservatives, but pressure from advocacy organizations, like the one he's addressing this evening at the awkwardly timed fundraisers, shows he could lose support if he says nothing. Though the president has remained resolute in sending the message that the issue should be left up to the states, Obama has expressed support for gay marriage in the past. Anderson Cooper has scolded him for forgetting about the issue:

New York Republican Senators held a conference over the same-sex marriage legislation for the first time on Thursday afternoon. The New York Observer's Azi Paybarah explains the four possible results from this point forward on the Politicker NY blog.

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