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Old 05 April 2014, 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by UEL View Post
It was pointed out on coverage up here that this guy had the same point of view that President Obama held in 2008, and the president held until last year.
It's a bit facile to label their positions as "the same". While he didn't yet support gay marriage at that time, he also didn't support Prop 8 at that time.

Prior to that, Obama was already on the record as supporting civil unions with the same legal protections. Which, while not going quite as far as marriage, is not very indicative of the sort of person who would personally donate to pass a constitutional amendment against it. There's a big difference between not yet being sold on marriage vs. civil unions and actively wanting to entrench that distinction in the constitution for all time. The Prop 8 supporters hardcore enough to fund the campaign were probably not huge fans of civil unions either. While it did pass with a slim majority at the time, I think it's fair to say that the majority of voters who swung it were as a group rather more ambivalent on the issue than the die hards actually funding the campaigns pro or con.
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