I will tell you that I don't believe in gay marriage, but I do think that people who are gay and lesbian should be treated with dignity and respect and that the state should not discriminate against them. So, I believe in civil unions that allow a same-sex couple to visit each other in a hospital or transfer property to each other. I don't think it should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state.
Barack Obama, June 29, 2008:
That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law. That is why I support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, and the passage of laws to protect LGBT Americans from hate crimes and employment discrimination. And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states.
But the Defense of Marriage Act says that if one state calls gay civil unions "marriage", other states don't have to recognize it -- something Barack said in March he agreed with.
And in California, they already have civil unions. The entire fight is over whether those unions would be called "marriage". Barack said in March he opposed calling civil unions "marriage", but now he opposes the effort in California to prevent just that. Barack said he doesn't believe in "gay marriage", but now he calls an effort by others who agree with him "divisive and discriminatory".
Then there is this, also from June 29:
Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks.
In March, Obama said "I don't believe in gay marriage". But by June, he believed in it so strongly that he is congratulating people who have practiced it.
Barack Obama - "Change you can count on". Or as they say about the weather, if you don't like the position Barack Obama has taken, don't worry -- just wait a week, and it will change.
One thing is certain. Barack is not a different kind of politician. He is the same old same old -- a person who will say anything to get elected, and will change his positions based on what is best for his advancement.
McCain takes a lot of positions I don't agree with -- but one thing is clear, he doesn't pander or waver, in his correct positions or his incorrect positions. When he changes his mind, it's because he has really changed his mind, not because it will earn him points with his base.