I'm Wolf Blitzer. You're in THE SITUATION ROOM.
A very sensitive issue -- the issue of gay rights. President Obama taking a relatively low key stance right now on what's going on.
Let's go to our senior political correspondent, Candy Crowley -- Candy, it's always a sensitive issue for politicians.
CANDY CROWLEY, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. And no less so now. It is completely unclear whether same-sex marriage is an issue who's time is coming. In fact, the polls would argue against that. Regardless, it's an issue that can't be ignored -- or can it?
CROWLEY (voice-over): During the 100 plus days of the Obama administration...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Congratulations.
CROWLEY: ...three more states -- Iowa, Vermont, and now Maine -- have sanctioned same-sex marriage.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The legislators understood that this is about families. This is about committed couples.
CROWLEY: But nary a word from President Obama. Think 10 foot pole.
ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Well, I think the president's position on same-sex marriage is -- has been talked about and discussed.
CROWLEY: The question is, how long can the silence last?
STEVE ELMENDORF, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: The more states approve it, the more pressure will build on federal office holders, including a president, to take a stand on gay marriage.
CROWLEY: Public support for same-sex marriage has slowly grown over the years, still the latest CNN Public Opinion Corporation poll found that 44 percent of Americans support it, while 54 percent are opposed. Broken down by party, Democrats overwhelmingly favor it, Republicans overwhelmingly oppose it, but this is what makes it politically tricky. The majority of independents, largely the voters who decide elections, are opposed.
CROWLEY: So same sex marriage remains a political hot spot, circled carefully by most politicians, including the president. During the campaign, he said that he supported civil unions. Same-sex marriage did not fit his definition of marriage.
PRES. BARACK OBAMA (D), UNITED STATES: I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. For me as a Christian it is also a sacred union. CROWLEY: Some in the gay community are also restless that the candidates they saw as sympathetic to their causes has seemed less so in office. He has not as promised pushed for repeals of don't ask don't tell in the military. There are complaints the president has not adequately funded AIDS prevention programs. Openly gay people have been given substantial positions in the administration, but some activists hope for a cabinet seat. And the selection of Rick Warren, an Evangelist who opposes gay marriage, to speak at the inauguration still wrangles some in the gay community. Still there is a willingness to be patient. Washington lobbyists and democratic strategist Steve Elmendorf.
ELMENDORF: I think people are very clear that Barack Obama is the most pro-gay president we've had. He's great on 90 percent of the issues that the gay community cares about. At some point they're going to hope that he changes on the 10 percent.
CROWLEY: Elmendorf adds that the majority in the gay community understand that the president has a lot on his plate right now, there is time.
CROWLEY: In the end, on many of the issues of particular concern to gays, the president is likely to deliver, but given the current political dynamics, his support for gay marriage remains a non- starter. That will take a lot of time. Wolf?
WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: All right Candy. Thanks very much.
And there's more; a discussion between Wolf, Mary Matalin and Paul Begala followed that report. Click over for the rest of the transcript.