Watershed moment: A credible presidential hopeful stakes out the high moral ground—and the progressive left political ground—on homosexual marriage. He calls a pending Wisconsin amendment against same-sex marriages “a mean-spirited attempt” to single out gay men and lesbians for discrimination.
Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), a prospective 2008 presidential candidate, said yesterday that he thinks bans on same-sex marriages have no place in the nation’s laws.
Feingold said in an interview that he was motivated to state his position on one of the most divisive social issues in the country after being asked at a town hall meeting Sunday about a pending amendment to the Wisconsin state constitution to ban same-sex marriages.
Feingold called the amendment “a mean-spirited attempt” to single out gay men and lesbians for discrimination and said he would vote against it. But he went further, announcing that he favors legalizing same-sex marriages.
That puts him at odds with many prominent Democratic politicians who support gay rights but not same-sex marriage. Should Feingold decide to run for the party’s presidential nomination in 2008, his position would put him to the left of many likely rivals.