President Obama has come out in support of gay marriage, but believes each state should decide the issue. The President has been reluctant before now to back the issue. Gay Rights activist Mike Lovely of Bend is glad the President's position has evolved. “I'm glad this is happening. It's another step in the right direction and at my age, I’ve run out of patience and cheeks and I want things to happen now.” John Philo with the Tea Party doesn't think this is the most important issue for voters. “I think its something should go before voters in each state and quite honestly it's a state's rights issue to direct their population.” Currently 30 states have constitutional amendments banning same sex marriage and six states have legalized civil unions.