March 2, 2010
Obama's flip-flop on marriage equality: he was for it before he was against it
As an obscure Illinois state senate candidate in 1996, Barack Obama answered a questionnaire from a gay-oriented newspaper this way: "I favor legalizing same-sex marriage, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages."
The same Obama now opposes marriage equality for same-sex couples, citing his personal religious convictions, though he favors the separate-but-equal status of civil unions. In 2008, running for president, he told pop Christianity pastor Rick Warren, "I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian ... it is also a sacred union. God's in the mix." (Obama's denomination, the United Church of Christ, actually supports full marriage equality.)
It's unclear whether very many people knew about this flip-flop before it was documented recently by the San Francisco Chronicle's Bob Egelko.
As Geoff Kors, the leader of Equality California, told Egelko, all this is more evidence that Obama is a fairly conventional politician:
"When he was running for office in Chicago and wanted strong support from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, he made it clear he supported full equality," Kors said. "Since he has continued to seek higher office, he has changed his position for the worse.
"It's especially appalling that he is citing his religious beliefs as grounds for his public government position on the civil marriage issue because he knows better," Kors said.
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