In the race to fill Senator John Kerry’s seat after President Obama tapped him for Secretary of State, GOP candidate Michael Sullivan has gotten himself into hot water over the issue of marriage equality, WBUR reports:
First he was against it:
Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said Sullivan is out of touch with Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004. “One issue people in Massachusetts have decided is equal marriage rights for our gay and lesbian neighbors,” Walsh said. Sullivan said Wednesday he’s a “traditionalist” on marriage, believing it should be between a man and a woman.
Then he was sort-of for it, later the same afternoon:
Later Wednesday, Sullivan’s campaign issued a statement saying he believes the federal Defense of Marriage Act should be overturned. The act denies legally married gay couples a range of federal benefits available to married same-sex couples. “I believe DOMA should be reversed and the federal government should respect those states that recognize gay marriage by providing those couples with the same level of benefits,” Sullivan said in the statement.
Genuine change of heart, or blatant pandering? You decide.