Ace has unearthed a OUTLINES (gay Chicago monthly) candidates’ survey from 1996. Â It reveals that the-then Democratic party nominee for Illinois 13th Senatorial district, Barack Obama, “Supports gay rights, same sex marriage.”
Today, he opposes gay marriage and says it “should be between a man and a woman.” Â While polls show more people favor gay marriage today than did a decade ago, Barack Obama,Â the guy who says he favors “equivalent rights” for gays, has moved in the opposite direction.
While it’s true people can change their views over the years, this is yet another piece of evidence that the Democratic presidential nominee is trying to have it both ways on gay marriage. As I observed in July:
While he says he opposes gay marriage, favoring retaining the traditional definition (seeing it as the union of one man and one woman), he hasÂ has come out againstÂ California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative which would amend the state’s constitution to define marriage as believes he should be defined.
I wonder if gay activists will call Obama on his latest flip-flop. Don’t hold your breath. During campaign season, that (D) after his name renders a candidate immune to criticism from gay political organizations.