Prospective Presidential candidate Senator Russell Feingold (D-Wisc) recently announced that he is in favor of same-sex marriage rights. This puts him directly at odds with front-runner Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and last election's nominee Senator John Kerry (D-Mass).
And isn't it about time someone stood up and said, "This isn't right!!" instead of pandering to the far-right wing of the democratic party? Congrats to Feingold! With this following right on the heels of his attempt to censure President Bush, he's looking more and more presidential to me!
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.