Barack Obama couldn’t have been clearer. “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages,” he said. But he didn’t say this in the now-famous ABC White House interview Wednesday that has the national news media in a tizzy as they parrot his buzzword about his “evolution.”
Obama said it about 16 years ago, in writing, on a gay-publication questionnaire. At the time, in 1996, he was running for a state Senate seat in Chicago. The district was liberal. It was an easy stance to take.
But two years later, as he gazed at higher office, Obama began backing off that stance, the Washington Post notes in a good story today. By 2004, the then-U.S. Senate candidate abandoned using the word “marriage” but said he favored “civil unions.”
By the time he began running for president in 2008, Obama was against it.
Now he’s for it.
That’s not evolution. That’s a flip-flop-flip-flop. It’s a reverse of a reversal.