Herman Cain has shifted his position on same-sex marriage just several days after coming under criticism from social conservatives — and fellow presidential candidate Rick Santorum — for not adequately opposing access to abortion services. In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s The Brody File on Saturday, Cain pledged to “sign” a federal constitutional amendment outlawing abortion — something a president cannot do — and also backed an amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage.
The new position represents another change for Cain, who had supported a federal marriage amendment during his failed race for the U.S. Senate in 2004, but told NBC’s Meet the Press as recently as last Sunday that the question of marriage is best left to the states. Here is the evolution of his position:
CAIN IN 2004: “The courts have failed the American people. Congress needs to enact a constitutional amendment to protect the sacred institution of marriage.”
CAIN ON OCTOBER 16, 2011: “I wouldn’t seek a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but I am pro-traditional marriage.”
CAIN ON OCTOBER 22, 2011: “I think marriage should be protected at the federal level also. I used to believe that it could be just handled by the states but there’s a movement going on to basically take the teeth out of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and that could cause an unraveling, so we do need some protection at the federal level because of that and so yes I would support legislation that would say that it’s between a man and a woman.”
Watch the most recent flip flop:
Following his appearance on MTP, several conservative organizations slammed Cain for not outlawing same-sex marriage nationwide. Rick Santorum even issued a statement characterizing marriage equality as a moral wrong akin to slavery.