Contact us at letters time. He also says that he supports affirmative action for gays and lesbians. In , a copy of his typed responses was unearthed and printed in the Windy City Times. Later, Obama aides will dispute that he actually filled out the questionnaire himself. Seeking reelection in Illinois, Obama fills out another questionnaire for Outlines , which the Windy City Times published in
Obama himself was frustrated about it, if a description in a new book by his former top adviser, David Axelrod , is to be believed. Obama may have been selling himself short on that score, given the number of times he or his advisers publicly opposed same-sex marriage over the years. In the book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, Axelrod blames himself, and his political calculations, for preventing Obama for standing up for what he believed in. On issues from immigration to racially charged police violence to the decriminalization of marijuana , activists have voiced frustration at a perceived double-dealing by the president on the issues they hold most dear, and fatigue with repeated White House requests for patience. As a candidate for the Illinois state senate in , Obama said he favored same-sex marriage in response to a questionnaire from a Chicago-area gay and lesbian newspaper. But out on the presidential campaign trail in August , Obama gave voice to the opposite view in an interview with evangelical pastor Rick Warren, head of Saddleback megachurch in southern California.
Washington CNN President Barack Obama insisted Tuesday that his former top political aide David Axelrod's got it wrong when it comes to Obama's position on same-sex marriage and whether it changed over time. More Videos Axelrod: Obama hid position on gay marriage in Same-sex marriage celebrated on Supreme Court steps.
Jump to main content. Jump to navigation. From major legislative achievements to historic court victories to important policy changes, the President has fought to promote the equal rights of all Americans — no matter who they are or who they love.