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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)

Comments

Why would you say Obama opposes same-sex marriage? He may SAY he opposes it, but since he publicly opposed prop 8 in California, it's clear he is still FOR same-sex marriage. Why believe his platitudes over his actual political positions?

This does not surprise me in the least. He has changed his views to whomever he was pandering to at the time.

Wonder how he is going to manage after next week.

Timely article; couldn't we update that last statistic?