Source: Obama had planned to announce support for same-sex marriage next week

President Barack Obama expressed support for same-sex marriage after a setback for gay-rights advocates in North Carolina, May 8, 2012. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

President Barack Obama
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
President Obama intended to announce his support for same-sex marriage on ABC's "The View" next Monday, a Democratic source confirms.

Senior administration officials say Vice President Biden's comments on NBC's "Meet the Press" sped up the timeline and forced the president's hand.

"I had already made a decision that we were going to probably take this position before the election and before the convention," he told ABC News.

Mr. Obama added that Biden did jump the gun, but he is not upset about it.

"[Biden] probably got out a little bit over his skis but out of generosity of spirit," Mr. Obama said. "Would I have preferred to have done this in my own way, in my own terms, without I think there being a lot of notice to anybody? Sure. But all's well that ends well."

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