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Prop 8 Defense Lawyer Evolving on Marriage Equality

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Prop 8 OverThe lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Attorney Charles Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

The revelation is an unexpected footnote in the years-long debate over Proposition 8, the California measure struck down by the Supreme Court last year. It is also offers a glimpse, through the eyes of one family, of the country’s rapidly shifting opinions of gay marriage, with most public polls now showing majorities in favor of allowing the unions.

Cooper learned that his stepdaughter Ashley was gay as the Proposition 8 case wound its way through appellate court, according to a forthcoming book about the lengthy legal battle. And with the Supreme Court ruling now behind him, Cooper cast his personal opinion on gay marriage as an evolving process.

Authored By Julie Pace – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Illinois, USA: Two Candidates on Opposite Sides “Evolving” on Marriage Equality

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Two Candidates on Opposite Sides "Evolving" on Marriage Equality in IllinoisBoth candidates in the new 11th Congressional District have evolving views on gay marriage, including opinions that have changed since February.

The district was drawn by Illinois Democrats, and is generally a more liberal district than either candidate has campaigned in during past elections.

Republican Judy Biggert answered a Daily Herald questionnaire in February by saying whether to legalize gay marriage is up to the states, not the federal government to decide.

Authored By James Fuller – See the Full Story at the Daily Herald

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President Obama: I’m Still Evolving on Marriage Equality

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

President Obama was asked by George Stephanopolous about his “evolving” position on marriage equality. He said he’s still “working on it”, ABC News reports:

Obama, who was praised this weekend in the gay community, said his position on gay marriage was “evolving,” but refused to say whether he would support gay marriage by Election Day 2012.

“I’m still working on it,” he said of whether he would move from supporting civil unions for same-sex couples to supporting gay marriage.

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Why President Obama Isn’t Embracing Marriage Equality

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Observers everywhere are waiting for President Obama to come out in support of gay marriage. For them, it seems to be only a matter of when, not if. But just how long they wait is a guessing game.

While Obama remains opposed to gay marriage, the White House line in recent months has been that the president’s position is “evolving.” To the political observer, that’s code for: ‘Don’t worry, he’ll get there soon enough.’ But Obama is not there yet.

At his press conference Wednesday, Obama delivered another characteristically careful message on the issue, praising New York’s passage of a gay marriage bill, but stopping short of endorsing gay marriage. And he flat out refused to change his position in front of reporters. “I’m not going to make news on that today. Good try though.”

Full Story from The Washington Post

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Obama: My Position on Gay Marriage May “Evolve”

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Gay MarriagePresident Obama told liberal bloggers on Wednesday that his opinion about same-sex marriage was evolving, and that he thought cultural “trendlines” were heading toward a broader acceptance of same-sex marriage. Obama, who’s been on the record as a proponent of civil unions but an opponent of same-sex marriage, said he wasn’t ready to reverse his position, but suggested his position on the issue could “evolve.”

Obama reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage, but said that “attitudes evolve, including mine,” during a roundtable meeting with liberal bloggers, according to a transcript published by Oliver Willis, one of the bloggers who was present. And I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships.

“And so while I’m not prepared to reverse myself here, sitting in the Roosevelt Room at 3:30 in the afternoon, I think it’s fair to say that it’s something that I think a lot about,” Obama added. “The one thing I will say today is I think it’s pretty clear where the trendlines are going…The arc of history.”

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