I hate to say it but I thought the same exact thing. I mean I like to give him the benefit of the doubt and believe after discussions with family and friends..his mind had changed.
Originally Posted by *Marah*
I can't imagine he was against gay marriage to begin with. He just does what's politically expedient. And since the GOP has been taken over by the far right, I can accept political expedience if it keeps the extremists in check.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
Well imagine it..

I always got the impression that he thought marriage was between a man and a woman because of his religious beliefs.. he was always for civil unions for gays though... I distinctly remember him saying as much as well as saying some years back that he needed to do more "research" on the issue...

So for all intents and purposes...he certainly wasn't absolutely for it...

Barack Obama - Gay Marriage
Originally Posted by *Marah*

Nope, he was definitely for it. That link goes to 2004... by that time he was considering running for president and at that time presidents of the U.S. just didn't go around supporting gay marriage. He had to say he was against it because that's what was expected of him at the time. So, I guess he basically lied...

I think they made that little back story up about it being a part of his religious beliefs because they wanted to distance him away from any Islamic ties that he had. Saying he was against sam sex marriage because of his deep belief in Christianity was enough to help him in the "looking like a good 'ole Christian" department (as well as some other things they did (I remember them showing him and his family at church and all that).

Anyway...in 1996, he said he was in support of it.
Obama Once Supported Same-Sex Marriage 'Unequivocally'

From the article:
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".