President Barack Obama was named by Newsweek Magazine as “The First Gay President” for taking bold stands in support of gay rights, particularly the right for those in the LGBT community to marry whomever they choose. But this video from 11 years ago shows that the president’s position has shifted a great deal from what it was in the past.
In a 2004 interview in which the president was running for the Senate in the state of Illinois against Alan Keyes, Obama states clearly that he does NOT support gay marriage. Obama says that he believes that the term “marriage” has deep religious roots, and that this is a union that should exist between one man and one woman. He does, however, state that he believes that members of the gay community deserve the same rights as everyone else.
Watch the video and tell us what you think. Did the president’s position change over time due to internal conflicts or did it change in order to match the political climate?