CBNNews.com - Newly released documents show that Barack Obama has taken a more conservative position on same-sex marriage since he first ran for the Illinois Senate in 1996.
While campaigning for President, Obama made it clear that he opposes gay marriage.
"I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and I'm not in favor of gay marriage," he said.
What that means is less clear because Obama also opposes a federal marriage amendment. He also opposes California's marriage amendment, Prop 8.
Likewise, he supports civil unions and federal rights for gay couples.
Thanks to research done by a Chicago newspaper which supports gay rights, it is clear that Obama's position has changed since he first ran for the Illinois Senate.
Back then he signed a letter to Chicago's gay media saying, "I favor legalizing same-sex marriage."
Windy City Times editor Tracy Baim recently found that 1996 letter.
"Now, it's not even a support of the language of gay marriage but rather marriage being removed from the equation and civil unions as the only option," she said. "I'm disappointed but I'm absolutely not surprised. It's a practical move."
Baim believes Obama's support for gays is unchanged.
Conservative Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America agrees.
"He had fewer people to win over their votes and many of those included people in the homosexual community. When he ran for president he had to reach out to a wider group of Americans, the majority of whom don't agree with same-sex marriage."
The real question now is whether Obama will expend the political capital to fight for gay rights when he has one of the worst economic crises ever on his watch.