Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Harold Ford Jr. Announces Support for Marriage Equality

Several sources are reporting today that Harold Ford Jr. has come out as a supporter of marriage equality.

As a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, Harold Ford Jr. advocated a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. But as he eyes a run for the Senate from New York, he now advocates both civil unions and gay marriage.

Ford, who represented Memphis in Congress for five terms, was asked if he now favors gay marriage on Monday's "Today Show," and he said he did.

Ford, who as a congressman voted for the federal amendment to ban same-sex marriage, has come under fire from gay rights advocates as he reportedly weighs a bid to challenge Gillibrand, an outspoken gay rights supporter, in the Democratic primary.

According to the New York Post, Ford hedged and invoked other Democratic leaders when Lauer asked whether his views represented a “change” in position.

"Maybe in the language,” said Ford. “But I'm a believer that benefits should flow to same-sex partners and if indeed the fiction of the language, the title, should be changed, much like Chuck Schumer who changed his mind on it and Bill Clinton's evolved, I'm of the opinion now that nothing is wrong with that,” he said.

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