Looking Back: Obama’s Evolution On Same-Sex Marriage Through the Years

The government has to treat all citizens equally. I am a strong supporter not of a weak version of civil unions, but of a strong version in which the rights that are conferred at the federal level… are compatible [to marriage]. When it comes to federal rights, there are over 1,100 rights that right now are not being given to same-sex couples. I think that’s unacceptable.”

—pushing for strong civil unions, at a 2007 Democratic primary debate hosted by HRC and Logo.