flip-flops

Now That Harold Ford Jr. Supports Gay Marriage, Will Gay Inc. Support Him Over Kirsten Gillibrand?

Harold Ford Jr. is making it very difficult to know where he actually stands on the issues! While running for a U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee (which didn’t work out), Ford declared himself “pro-life” — but his advisers claim he was actually for abortion rights, and used the term “pro-life” to reclaim the term used by abortion foes. Huh. Now, as he gears up for a possible Senate race in New York against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, he’s saying he’s for gay marriage. Does that mean he’s actually against it?

Haha. Probably not. But Ford certainly flip-flopped on the issue. Except he doesn’t see it that way. He told Matt Lauer that only the words he used changed, not his belief in fairness and equality! “Maybe in the language. But I’m a believer that benefits should flow to same sex partners and if indeed the fiction of the language, the title, should be changed, much like Chuck Schumer who changed his mind on it and Bill Clinton’s evolved, I’m of the opinion now that nothing is wrong with that.”

What’s amusing, then, is that while Gillibrand is seen as a gay rights advocate, let’s not forget that she, too, had an “evolution” on where she stood on supporting full marriage equality. (And, as Ford notes himself, so did Sen. Schumer.) And back in January 2009, as she was taking over Hillary Clinton‘s Senate seat, all of Gay Inc. literally rolled over when she announced her new — sorry, “evolved” — position on the M-word.

Will they a-Ford (hah!) her challenger the same cheek turn?