Clinton, Obama and Gays

March 15, 2007 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

By Patrick Healy NY TIMES

After Hillary Clinton came under fire for not directly addressing the question of whether she thought homosexuality was immoral, her campaign last night released a statement from the Senator. In her statement, Mrs. Clinton addressed the remarks of General Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said he should not have publicly expressed his view that homosexual conduct was immoral and akin to adultery.

“I disagree with what he said and do not share his view, plain and simple,” the Senator said. “It is inappropriate to inject such personal views into this public policy matter, especially at a time in which there are young men and women in such grave circumstances in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in other dangerous places around the world.”

And Mrs. Clinton is not the only one coming under fire tonight. According to Newsday, Senator Barack Obama gave indirect responses to repeated questioning on the same issue, saying, for instance, that traditionally the Joint Chiefs chairman comments only on military matters.

A spokesman for Mr. Obama said last night that the senator, too, disagreed with General Pace’s remarks and believed that homosexuality was not immoral.

Joe Solmonese, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization, said he was concerned about the initial responses of both Democratic senators, and compared their comments unfavorably to the rebuke by a Republican senator, John Warner of Virginia, who said he “respectfully but strongly” disagreed that homosexuality was immoral.

“It is a problem, and we’re going to reach out to both of those campaigns Thursday and ask them to clarify their answer,” Mr. Solmonese said

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