January 13, 2009
Obama Supported Same-sex Marriage in '96
Documents revealed on the Windy City Times suggest that Barack Obama supported same-sex marriage in 1996, indicating that the president-elect made a more conservative shift before running for president.
"I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages," he said in a questionnaire the same year he was elected to the Illinois Senate.
Obama now favors civil unions and opposes a federal same-sex marriage ban, but he opposes same-sex marriage.
Fifty-five percent of Americans oppose gay marriage, with 36 percent favoring it, according to an August 2007 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
(h/t Ben Smith, Politico)