President Obama Once Strongly Supported Marriage Equality
May 14, 2009

As a candidate for the Illinois State Senate in 1996, Barack Obama responded to and personally signed a questionnaire from a then LGBT newspaper called "Outlines". In that questionnaire, President Obama wrote on point number six: "I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages." As Ben Smith points out, there is no mention of civil unions, or compromises. [Link]