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Barack Obama Supported Gay Marriage in '96

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I can't make it be '69, no matter how much I want it to be.

The Windy City Times has published a questionnaire, signed and dated by Barack Obama, that shows that our President-Elect was once a supporter of gay marriage. From Allahpundit:
Anyway, this one's different. And we did, sort of, already know it was true: The Windy City Times reported in October that its 1996 election guide listed Obama as pro-gay marriage, but since the questionnaire on which it was based had been lost, there was a chance they'd simply misinterpreted his position. Well, now it's been found; see for yourself how unambiguous it was.

...Pretend for a minute that there's more to Obama's thinking on this than naked political expedience. Why, precisely, have his views grown more conservative over time? And why, as I asked once before, is he letting his religious objection dictate his policy position when he's explicitly rejected that sort of reasoning in the past?
I'm sure the right wishes it had had this before Obama won. It does them little good now. As Nelson the Bully from The Simpsons would say, "HA-ha!"

It could, however, hurt Obama with gay people, already stinging from Obama's selection of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation. The read there would be that Obama flip-flopped to get elected.

Well, he did, it would seem, but my read is that this confirms my suspicion that his new position is just naked political expedience. Obama's a smart guy, he knows that gay marriage is a non-starter for a national politician. For now.

To me, this means that Obama actually intends to enact, or aid the enactment of, as much gay marriage legislation as the times will allow. I predict that, in 8 years, that will amount to a whole lot of gay marriage.

So, I'm going to go ahead and agree with Allahpundit and say, yeah, he flip-flopped. And I'm damn glad he did, or he wouldn't have won. Did I say that out loud?

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