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Nobody Noticed When John Kerry Came Out for Marriage Equality, So He's Doing It Again

At least that's what I'm getting from this article at the Boston Globe:

KerryHe now supports gay marriage.

Kerry didn’t reveal his change of position during a news conference, like he called last week in Boston to air his views about the federal debt negotiations.

He didn’t do so in a speech on the floor of the US Senate, like he delivered with evident pride last month after Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

He came out, if you will, in a more inert fashion last March, when his staff answered a survey from a Globe reporter inquiring about whether members of the state’s congressional delegation favored gay marriage and the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

An aide, relaying answers Kerry gave during a brief phone call from an international trip, said yes to both survey questions.

When a story - about how gay marriage was no longer a political wedge issue - appeared in the newspaper a week later, a condensation mistake resulted in the senator’s job title and first name being left off a sentence reading, “A Globe survey of the Massachusetts congressional delegation shows support for gay marriage and for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act by Kerry and each of the Bay State’s House members, all Democrats.”

Good for him. About time. Though it seems as though Kerry's policy positions must always be fraught with confusion.

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  1. Well, I guess the good news is that the issue of equality has gone mainstream enough that pols can now be daring enough to support it.

    (Big F'n eye-roll)

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Jul 22, 2011 10:23:14 AM

  2. It's so sad, and so f'n infuriating, to hear a SENATOR, a man elected to represent the PEOPLE and to promote that they are treated fairly, justly and equally in all civil matters, admit that his PERSONAL religious beliefs and prejudices and his concern for his job took precedence over providing for and ensuring the CIVIL rights of American citizens and citizens of his home state.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 22, 2011 10:43:49 AM

  3. TAMPAZEKE, Kerry possibly lost the entire presidential election because the issue of gay marriage broached Ohio polls and turned "value votes" against him. Obama will lose the election in Ohio as well, and thus the presidency, if gay marriage becomes a centre issue during the campaign.

    Posted by: Mike C | Jul 22, 2011 11:01:17 AM

  4. John and his wife can do something that won't damage anybody politically. They can write a big-ass check to AFER.

    Posted by: Russell | Jul 22, 2011 11:55:31 AM

  5. If the Repugs didn't steal the second Bush election , as well as the first ('terrorist threats at the polls, anyone), we would now be living under Kerry's second term of office. That this did not happen is a great tragedy for our nation and our world.

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 22, 2011 12:01:43 PM

  6. "If the Repugs didn't steal the second Bush election , as well as the first ('terrorist threats at the polls, anyone), we would now be living under Kerry's second term of office."

    Would John Edwards still be your Vice President?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 22, 2011 12:35:45 PM

  7. Nice of him to admit support for gay marriage but he should have done it 2004 when he was running for the "elected king" position (aka the presidency). Back then he said he did not support gay marriage in order to appeal to the values voters.

    Except not a single conservative was fooled! They all knew that deep inside he supports gay rights. Which is why he lost the election anyway. If anything, refusing to publicly support gay marriage during the debates just cost him points: people didn't see him as honest.

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 22, 2011 9:16:24 PM

  8. Ever the opportunist, Kerry now sees that his former position -- straights have a right to be offended by gays -- is no longer politically useful.

    I don't listen to a politician who couldn't beat the single dumbest, most incompentent, president this country ever elected.

    Kerry didn't lose because of "value voters." He lost because he leaves his mouth running long after he has nothing more to say, boring potential supporters comatose.

    Posted by: wimsy | Jul 23, 2011 10:44:00 AM

  9. Mark, you are absolutely right about conservatives not being fooled when Kerry said he was against marriage equality. Just as today, nobody on the left, right or center is fooled by Obama's cynical "evolving" public relations schtick. All it does is confirm what dumb-ass values voters suspect, that he is really for equality. And it confirms what gay voters suspect, that under pressure, he cannot be trusted to do the right thing.

    Posted by: ProfessorVP | Jul 23, 2011 7:45:41 PM

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