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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Obama: For Marriage Equality Before He Was Against It

Posted by Dan Savage on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Chicago's Windy City Times—one of the city's two gay newspapers—announced that it will publish a story in tomorrow's edition of the weekly detailing Barack Obama's once-professed support for same-sex marriage. From the press release:

During his run for Illinois state Senate in 1996, Barack Obama stated his unequivocal support for gay marriage, according to an exclusive story in the Jan. 14, 2009 Windy City Times newspaper.

President-elect Obama's answer to a 1996 Outlines newspaper question on marriage was: "I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages." There was no use of the phrase "civil unions."

This answer is among those included in this week's Windy City Times feature on Obama's evolving position on gay marriage. Windy City Times also includes his answers to the candidate questionnaire of IMPACT, at one time a gay political action committee in Illinois. In that survey he also stated his support of same-sex marriage.

The full story is here.


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