Last week Herman Cain said he would not support a constitutional ban on gay marriage or abortion. This weekend he said he would.
Herman Cain wants to play fast and loose with the constitution. The Republican presidential candidate told Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody this weekend that he supports constitutional amendments banning both abortion and gay marriage.
If we can get the necessary support and it comes to my desk I’ll sign it. That’s all I can do. I will sign it,” he said when asked if he supports a “pro-life amendment” that “would trump Roe v. Wade.”
As for gay marriage, Cain insisted, “I think marriage should be protected at the federal level also.”
“I used to believe that it could be just handled by the states but there’s a movement going on to basically take the teeth out of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and that could cause an unraveling, so we do need some protection at the federal level because of that and so yes I would support legislation that would say that it’s between a man and a woman.”
He says he “used to” believe states should handle marriage as if he had grappled with this issue for years. That “used to,” however, was just last week, when he told NBC News host David Gregory, “I wouldn’t seek a constitutional ban for same sex marriage, but I am pro-traditional marriage.”
Cain either had a complete change of heart or is simply pandering to conservatives. Considering Cain has also tweaked his abortion politics — he came under right wing fire last week for saying the issue should be left to the states — I’m leaning toward the latter. Voters therefore can’t truly know how Cain would handle these issues if he wins the presidency, but they can be sure that he’s an enormous opportunist, constantly altering his policies to suit his audience.
Even worse: he’s willing to use the Constitution to discriminate against people, which is the grossest misuse of our nation’s founding document imaginable.