Everything I was going to write on this topic, my friend Steve has already said, and said well.
Civil Rights are not a matter of majority vote. If we had allowed that, the South would still be segregated (legally, I mean — we all know that it still is, culturally speaking).
I want leadership from Obama on this issue — citing the necessity of equality in federal income tax laws (where married couples enjoy a lower tax rate than singles, and yet the legal gay marriages in several states are not permitted to file as married, due to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act), I want him to sign an executive order, mandating federally-recognized civil unions nation wide.
The right-wing, of course, would lose their fucking minds. But guess what? They’re going to do that no matter what he does. Fuck ’em.