Now that his previously-stated stances are out in the open, we think that he's definitely going to have some serious explaining to do!
Check out above a signed statement from President Barack Obama, from 1996 (above) in which he adamantly shows his support of not only gay marriage, but also funding for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, as well as the right for same-sex couples to adopt!
Those points include:
I would support and co-sponsor a state civil rights bill for gays and lesbians.
I do not favor a statewide registry of names of people who test positive for HIV.
I favor an increase in funding for state AIDS services.
I favor more aggressive (and better funded) prevention programs, particularly targeted at young people and minority communities where infection rates continue to increase.
I favor mandatory Medicaid coverage for persons with HIV/AIDS.
I favor legalizing same-sex marriage, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriage.
I believe in the rights of gays and lesbians to become foster parents, adopt children and have the right to custody of their own children on the same basis of heterosexuals.
I support a woman's right to choose an abortion, favor Medicaid funding of abortions for poor women, and opppose parental notification laws.
I vigorously support existing affirmative action programs.
It's just so disappointing to us that politics could get in the way of what someone believes, especially when that someone could really help progress this country toward the equal rights that everyone deserves.
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