David Axelrod may have opened a can of worms for his former boss, Barack Obama, when he revealed in his new book that:
…he knew Obama was in favor of same-sex marriages during the first presidential campaign, even as Obama publicly said he only supported civil unions, not full marriages. Axelrod also admits to counseling Obama to conceal that position for political reasons. “Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union,’ ” Axelrod writes.
Here is what Obama actually said in 2004:
What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and it’s not simply the two persons who are meeting.”
He repeated this declaration of faith in the 2008 campaign:
“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.”
Now that he has reversed himself on same sex marriage, he is attempting the Mario Cuomo dodge, declaring that his private beliefs may be sincere, but as a politician he would not “force” his beliefs on others.
Source: American Thinker | Thomas Lifson