Obama backed same-sex marriage in 1996

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    Jul 06, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    ...and is obviously now against same-sex marriage for political reasons.

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    A document has emerged suggesting that Obama had taken more public, liberal stands in the past than had been revealed in the digging of reporters and opposition researchers over two years of campaigning, the latest of several pointing to a rightward shift as he moved into national politics.

    In a 1996 questionnaire filled out for a Chicago gay and lesbian newspaper, then called Outlines, Obama came out clearly in favor of same-sex marriage, which he has opposed on the public record throughout his short career in national politics.

    “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages,” Obama wrote in the typed, signed, statement.

    There was no use of “civil unions,” and "no compromise whatsoever," the Windy City Times story today notes.

    On another questionnaire the same year, Obama said he would support a resolution in support of same-sex marriage.

    The editor of the Windy City Times, a successor of Outlines, Tracy Baim, said she hadn't deliberately held onto the news until after Obama's election. Baim, who had been the editor of Outlines at the time, said that just before the election, she ran across the old Outline story saying Obama backed same-sex marriage, but only dug his forgotten questionaire out of an old box this week, having assumed that she'd lost it.

    Obama now says he opposes same-sex marriage, though he backs giving gays and lesbians a parallel package of marriage-like rights, and opposes a federal ban on same-sex marriage.
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    Jul 06, 2009 8:57 PM GMT
    This is not news. He said himself during the campaign before being elected he personally thinks marriage is the union of one man and one woman. He also said that he is against a federal constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage and that it should be left to the states to decided. That hasn't changed. Again, nothing new. Question for you: What are you doing to advance the fight so that we as a community are viewed and looked at as being equal under the law?
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    Jul 06, 2009 9:00 PM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidWhat are you doing to advance the fight so that we as a community are viewed and looked at as being equal under the law?


    Nothing.
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    Jul 06, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    But he was a nobody back then. What has he said about it since he come to the White house?

    Has he backed up those words sin becoming president?

    He knows he lives in a conservative country "Jesus Land" & Ms Palin is already getting ready for the fight the next time around, and he may just hand it to her.