I ignore that because it was a non-factor for at least the first two years of his first term where the Democrats had a filibuster-proof supermajority in the senate, and control of the House as well. They passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote, they could’ve passed just about anything else they wanted. Blaming his lack of action on Republican obstructionism is a copout.
As to his ‘evolving views’ on gay marriage, fair enough, views change over time, but it’s disingenuous to claim that Obama’s initial disapproval of gay marriage and subsequent reversal make him a LGBT brother, while Republican’s similar progression on the issue makes them homophobic. Democrats can keep beating the homophobic slant all they like, but let’s not forget that this president is the first president in history to not be opposed to gay marriage as he took office. He’s more liberal on the issue than the LGBT brother was when he took office. In fact, he’s far more liberal on most issues than any Republican president has ever been, probably because he’s not really a conservative.
I might also add that waiting to announce that you’re in favor of gay marriage until enough of your colleagues are openly in favor is not brotherhood. That’s cowardice, that’s typical flip-flopping according to changing political winds.