This may have slipped through the cracks in the holiday news cycle, so, please excuse if you've heard earlier. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama was interviewed by Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody and forcefully spoke out against the notion that privileges such as hospital visitations for same-sex spouses are "special rights."
The YouTube video and transcript are via Page One Q:"How would Jesus feel about somebody not being able to visit somebody they love when they're sick? Certainly, as a public official it's important for me to make sure that those basic rights—that basic equality—is available."
Excellent idea to frame basic civil right for gays as a WWJD question. Obama will have to actively promote this messaging to religious audiences, notes Pam Spaulding at Salon, since the candidate has opened "the Pandora's box of personal religious convictions" and began actively courting the faith-based vote.
Meanwhile, more mixed messages from the campaign trail. After last week's dramatic new poll that showed Obama slightly ahead in Iowa, newer polls in New Mexico and Kentucky show Hillary Clinton as a stronger general election candidate in both states and potentially winning both. But, first there is Iowa ...
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