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Sen. John Kerry discuss his ‘evolution’ on marriage equality

Monday, July 11, 2011

When he ran against George W. Bush in the 2004 election, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) suffered from accusations that he was a “flip-flopper” whose stances on issues were dictated by the political winds.

John Kerry

Even during that election campaign, Kerry never supported a federal Constitutional Amendment to limit marriage to heterosexual couples, but he did express that he believed marriage should be between only one man and one woman.

After his home state, Massachusetts, became the first to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples, he said that he would support a law that banned such marriages providing that it allowed for civil unions.

But now, Kerry supports full marriage equality for all citizens of the United States, regardless of sexual orientation.

And in an op-ed, he describes that change as an “evolution,” not a flip-flop. Kerry writes that politicians like himself and President Obama should have the right to evolve. He quotes Muhammad Ali, who once said: “The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

“These seven years of marriage equality in Massachusetts might as well have been 30 years: they erased decades of myths. It’s hard for a lot of young people to even understand the controversy. For them, including my daughters, the right of gay Americans to marry has never been a question.”

For those like him who once considered civil unions to be a sufficient replacement for real marriage equality, Kerry says seeing is believing, noting that no church in Massachusetts has been forced to contradict its teachings since marriage equality became law in Massachusetts in 2003.

Kerry voiced support for the repeal of the archaic and so-called “Defense of Marriage Act.” But he admitted that America has a long way to go until GLBT Americans are afforded full equality under the law:

We still have miles to travel. People have to make up their own minds in their own time. But when we grant a right to some citizens but deny it to others, we create a second, unequal class. The America we aspire to doesn’t have any second class citizens.

The full op-ed from Kerry is here.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. so he’s decided not to be a flip flopper now? jeez buddy make up your mind

    Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 8:10am
  2. It took him long enough! BUT, it’s good to see he can change his mind. Now for the rest of the country!

    Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 8:27am
  3. It’s nice to see people like him, people with influence, evolve on the matter of equality for all. Everybody is allowed for their minds to evolve, and I truly hope it’s not the last we’ve heard from Mr. Kerry about marriage equality. We need more people with his kind of influence to express themselves over that matter. Now if Obama could do as Kerry and tell where he stands in his own ‘evolution’ on marriage equality right about now, he might gain our respect. The LGBTQ community all over the country needs his support.

    Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 8:33am
  4. Fred Karger still has my vote.

    Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 5:38pm
  5. Fuck one man one woman. Love id love is love

    Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 5:46pm
  6. It’s nice to see Kerry coming around to support this issue. However, I think the wind just blew the band wagon his way and he decided to jump on it.

    Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 5:48pm
  7. I mean why do we judge… the Bible says the only one who can judge is God it is not our place.this is a country of equality are we so contradicting to allow a seperation… this is the 21 century not the civil war days there is no confederate army no slaves just people who are beautiful because of differences. Dont let history repeat no more right wing Bs. U dont have to like something but we should always respect.

    Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 6:00pm