May 9, 2012

Obama in 2004: 'I Don't Think Marriage Is a Civil Right'

2:06 PM, MAY 8, 2012 • BY DANIEL HALPER
President Obama's position on same sex marriage might be "evolving," as he's admitted himself, but he wasn't always so unclear about where he stood. Consider this interview from 2004: 
Q: “Mr. Obama, you've said that your religious faiths, your religious faith, dictates that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Would you elaborate on that?”
OBAMA: “Well, what I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but what I also believe is that we have an obligation to make sure that gays and lesbians have the rights of citizenship that afford them visitations to hospitals, that allow them to be, to transfer property between partners, to make certain that they're not discriminated on the job. I think that bundle of rights are absolutely critical.”
Q: “Excuse me, but as far as, why? What in your religious faith calls you to be against gay marriage?”