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Al Gore Endorses Gay Marriage

by Steve Weinstein
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Jan 28, 2008

Former Vice President Al Gore has become the highest-ranking government official to have come out for gay marriage. In an online video Jan. 17, the Nobel Peace Prize winner said, "I think that gay men and women ought to have the same rights as heterosexual men and women-to make contracts, to have hospital visiting rights, to join together in marriage, and I don't understand why it is considered by some people to be a threat to heterosexual marriage."

The Baptist Press reported that Gore's video, available on, and reported by, also had Gore stating, "Shouldn't we be promoting the kind of faithfulness and loyalty to one's partner regardless of sexual orientation?"
Gore's position on the issue is a change from the Clinton Administration in which he served. Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law.

But Gore has been moving toward marriage equality since the end of the Clinton Era. In March 2006, at a Human Rights Campain gala in Los Angeles, he admitted that there are "many kinds of love" and referenced the marriage ceremonies presided over by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. "Some reacted with hatred and anger," Gore said at the time. "What I saw that was just overwhelming was the love, the joy, the purity of the excitement that that love was being honored."

Since leaving public office, Gore and wife Tipper wrote "Joined at the Heart: The Transformation of the American Family," a book that includes profiles of gay couples.

Gore's Internet announcement comes days before he speaks at a meeting of moderate-to-liberal Baptists in Atlanta beginning Jan. 30. The New Baptist Covenant also includes former Presidents Carter and Clinton. 

Steve Weinstein has been a regular correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Advocate, the Village Voice and Out. He has been covering the AIDS crisis since the early '80s, when he began his career. He is the author of "The Q Guide to Fire Island" (Alyson, 2007).


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