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Gay marriage

Stephen Colbert takes a circuitous victory lap on gay marriage

On the Colbert Report, faux conservative blowhard Stephen Colbert strongly opposes same-sex marriage. Until Tuesday night's show. As a lead-up to his conversation with David Boies and Theodore Olson, the super-lawyers who teamed up to successfully argue for gay marriage before the Supreme Court, character Colbert changed his stance on the issue to "I'm not saying" — a trick he picked up from Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.).

The actor Stephen Colbert almost certainly supports same-sex marriage, and after character Stephen Colbert harrumphs about how quickly gay marriage "has spread like dysentery through a cruise ship," it probably felt slightly liberating to come out for poll-tested public neutrality on the issue. --Peter Weber