Shhh, he’s still in the closet.

(Politico) — Washington Gov. Christine Groggier (D) defended President Obama’s record on gay rights, saying that the president was the “inspiration” for her state’s recent same-sex marriage legalization bill.

“I think we probably have succeeded as much as we have because of his leadership. He’s used the bully pulpit,” Gregoire said at the White House Friday. “He’s been the inspiration that allowed the state of Washington recognize that we need to have equality.”

“It’s because of what he’s been able to do that I actually think in large part we were able to achieve what we did. So I don’t criticize. To the contrary, I thank the president for his leadership on GLBT issues,” she told reporters after a meeting between Obama and Democratic governors.

Obama has long been on record opposing gay marriage, but has said recently that his position was ‘evolving.’ His administration, however, also opposes measures like California’s Prop 8 that deny existing benefits to gay couples.

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