Thursday February 20, 2020

Obama's gay marriage stance a 'riverboat gamble'

President Obama was bounced by Biden into support for same-sex marriage, a position that may now cost him older voters, writes Niall Stanage.

12th May, 2012
Obama first declared his support for gay marriage in 1996. Photo: Getty

US President Barack Obama is hoping this weekend that a controversy which began with a mistake will rebound to his benefit.

At issue is same-sex marriage which, last Wednesday, Obama finally stated he supported. Previously, Obama had favoured civil unions, which give gay couples many of the rights of their straight counterparts, but had said only that his position on gay marriage was "evolving".

The evolution was hastened faster than Obama wished, and to the...

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