Before he began running for president, Kerry straightforwardly supported gay and lesbian rights -- even voting against Clinton's Defense of [Breeder] Marriage Act during an election year. Lately, however, as Massachusetts assumes center stage in the debate over gay marriage and as he faces primaries in two culturally conservative states, Kerry is less out. He says is opposed to gay marriage, but he advocates "equal rights for all" and believes that "the spirit of marriage is more important to gays than the civil ceremony."
We had no idea! That makes things so much easier: Gay couples will get spiritual visitation rights in hospitals. They can adopt spiritual children. And, most important, they can get spiritual health coverage. In return, maybe Kerry can expect gays' and lesbians' spiritual support!
Kerry treads cautiously on gay marriage ban [Boston Globe]