"Barack Obama has been weathering a small storm lately in the LGBT community for being too tight-lipped with gay and lesbian news media."
—Kerry Eleveld, The Advocate
"I actually have been much more vocal on gay issues to general audiences than any other presidential candidate probably in history. ... I strongly respect the right of same-sex couples to insist that even if we got complete equality in benefits, it still wouldn't be equal, because there's a stigma associated with not having the same word, marriage, assigned to it."
—Sen. Barack Obama, in an April 10 interview with The Advocate
"Marriage is unconstitutional. It is a violation of the separation of church and state and it should be abolished as a mechanism for laws. Instead, it should be replaced by the civil union for everyone, straight, gay, bi, whatever."
—Rob H., online commenter on Sen. Obama's interview