Obama defines marriage – when seeking election


I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix. But —

WARREN: Would you support a Constitutional Amendment with that definition?

OBAMA: No, I would not.

WARREN: Why not?

OBAMA: Because historically — because historically, we have not defined marriage in our constitution. It’s been a matter of state law. That has been our tradition. I mean, let’s break it down. The reason that people think there needs to be a constitutional amendment, some people believe, is because of the concern that — about same-sex marriage. I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions. I do believe that we should not — that for gay partners to want to visit each other in the hospital for the state to say, you know what, that’s all right, I don’t think in any way inhibits my core beliefs about what marriage are. I think my faith is strong enough and my marriage is strong enough that I can afford those civil rights to others, even if I have a different perspective or different view.

1996, running for Illinois State Senate: ‘I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.’
2004, running for U.S. Senate in Illinois: ‘My religious faith dictates marriage is between a man and a woman, gay marriage is not a civil right.’
2008, running for U.S. President: ‘I believe marriage is the union between a man and a woman. As a Christian it’s also a sacred union.’
2010, after Republican wave election: ‘My feelings with this are constantly evolving, I struggle with this.’
2012, running for reelection: ‘I think same sex couples should be able to get married.’