This past Wednesday, 10/22, I attended John Kerry’s speech at Tufts University. The auditorium was full when I got there, but thankfully a friend was able to get me in and had a seat saved. The speech was one of Kerry’s best I think (and this is coming from a tough critic of his).
When it came time for the Q&A session, I was the first to raise my hand. I knew what question I wanted to ask Senator Kerry.
Kuhn ~ Speak your mind even if your voice shakes
I stood up to the mic. My voice and knees were shaking, but I did my best to ask Senator Kerry why he didn’t support marriage equality.
At first he focused on the rights of marriage and how he had voted against DOMA in 1996.
With some persistent questioning however Senator John Kerry did indeed distinguish between his own personal religious beliefs and his public policy stance on civil marriage rights.
Towards the end of the video I asked, “So you do support civil marriage rights for same-sex couples?” and Senator Kerry responded “Absolutely.”
Now I don’t think this means Kerry will become an advocate for civil marriage. It is nice to see though that a major politician can distinguish between a religious view and constitutional view. Hopefully this will help other Democrats along. Kudos Senator for taking this step and supporting equality.
And thanks for all the support from fellow BMGers that were at this event and Noisy Democrat for filming and uploading this video!