GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has shifted his position on same-sex marriage in just six days following criticism from social conservatives (video below).
On NBC’s 'Meet the Press' (October 16, 2011) Cain said that the question of marriage is best left to the states: “I wouldn’t seek a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but I am pro-traditional marriage.”
Cain then told the Christian Broadcasting Network (October 22, 2011): “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.”
Cain has also pledged to “sign” a federal constitutional amendment outlawing abortion, but that may be a problem as presidents do not sign constitutional amendments.