FLASHBACK: Obama Says ‘I Am Not a Supporter of Gay Marriage’

By Penny Starr | June 29, 2015 | 2:34 PM EDT

President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – During his U.S. Senate campaign in 2004, Barack Obama was asked by a local Illinois reporter about his stand on same-sex marriage.

Candidate Obama said he did not support it and that the institution of marriage has “religious roots” and “strong tradition” and as such is important to Americans.

“I have been very clear on this,” Obama told a television reporter at a Springfield, Ill., campaign event. “I have said I am not a supporter of gay marriage.

“I think the term marriage itself has strong religious roots and a strong tradition that means something special to people in this country,” Obama said.

Obama went on to say he believed that homosexuals should be allowed to form “civil unions.”

“I am a strong supporter, however, of gays and lesbians not being discriminated against; having the ability to visit each other in hospitals; having the ability to transfer property to each other and, as a consequence, I support civil unions and I’ve repeated that position and have been consistent in the position throughout the primary and throughout the general election,” he said.

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