Maggie Gallagher

President Obama is apparently tired of pretending he opposes gay marriage. Good.

Good, because lying to the American people is always wrong, and because now the American people will have a clear choice: a president who supports gay marriage, or a president who sides with the majority of the American people, including 61 percent of North Carolinians.

I'm tired of pretending, too.

Conservative elites, including those at Fox News, have shamefully kowtowed to the politically correct opinion on gay marriage.

Some do so reluctantly because they have been cowed into believing defeat is inevitable.

Some do so because they think the "base" is wrong on gay marriage, and they want to bring the Republican Party slowly on board with their own avant-garde moral values.

Tuesday's vote in North Carolina should explode the cover of both camps.

By a margin of 22 points, the people of this moderate swing state that voted for Obama in 2008 decisively rejected gay marriage.

Both Obama and former President Bill Clinton came out strongly against the marriage amendment.

The GOP elites, including conservative elites? Nowhere to be found.

The marriage amendment outpolled Mitt Romney by approximately 18 points. Did he come out for the marriage amendment? No. The silence is deafening.

But Romney is not alone in his lack of courage. Not Ron Paul, not even (it saddens me to say) Rick Santorum showed the courage -- or the common sense -- to voice support for North Carolina's marriage amendment.

Fox News does not celebrate this victory. Sean Hannity does not celebrate this victory. Sarah Palin is not tweeting tonight on North Carolina. Laura Ingraham does not cover this issue.

Marriage is an orphan issue.

Elites are busy running from it, believing the fantasies spread by Human Rights Campaign and other gay marriage advocates that somehow an issue that garners the repeated majority support of Americans -- in every state from North Carolina to California -- is bad for the GOP.

Elites are running from marriage -- with one huge and notable exception: Rush Limbaugh.

On May 7, as Joe Biden was endorsing gay marriage, Limbaugh once again rushed in to state the obvious political consequences no one else is acknowledging:

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.