In today’s Progress Report, we wrote, “Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL), who both oppose ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and have otherwise taken strong stands on gay rights issues, refused at first to say that they disagreed that homosexuality is “immoral.” Asked by ABC News, Clinton said, “Well, I’m going to leave that to others to conclude.” Obama simply refused to answer the question after being asked several times.”
To her credit, Clinton has issued the following statement:
I have heard from many of my friends in the gay community that my response yesterday to a question about homosexuality being immoral sounded evasive. My intention was to focus the conversation on the failed don’t ask don’t tell policy. I should have echoed my colleague Senator John Warner’s statement forcefully stating that homosexuality is not immoral because that is what I believe.
UPDATE: From Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL):
As the New York Times reported today, I do not agree with General Pace that homosexuality is immoral. Attempts to divide people like this have consumed too much of our politics over the past six years.
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