President Barack Obama is taking his talents to The View in an effort to tout his newfound enthusiasm for gay marriage, an issue that will surely be a hot topic in the 2012 election.
In the interview, Obama told the hosts that the controversial debate would be 'a big contrast in the campaign' against Republican Mitt Romney.
Romney opposes same-sex marriage, but has been relatively silent on the issue over the last week, as senior Republicans have insisted the election should focus on economic, rather than social issues.
Obama told The View:
"This is going to be a big contrast in the campaign, because you’ve got Governor Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can’t have same-sex marriages."
"This is something that historically had been determined at the state level and part of my believing ultimately that civil unions weren’t sufficient, and I’ve been a longtime supporter of civil unions for same-sex couples, was partly because of the issue of Social Security benefits and other laws."
Last Wednesday Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts that, "I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."
The hugely symbolic social issue will definitely fire up a liberal base who wants some long overdue change.