Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger has made his support of traditional marriage go down the memory hole.
In a 2010 candidate questionnaire survey Kinzinger told the Christian Coalition that he supported traditional marriage and the prospect of a constitutional amendment protecting it. He did the same for one from the Illinois Family Institute and the Chicago Tribune.
In 2012 Kinzinger again told the Illinois Family Institute in its survey that he continued to support traditional marriage.
In 2014 he did not answer any survey questions asked of him on the issue. Kinzinger’s 2014 Republican primary opponent Rockford Tea Party leader David Hale says he doesn’t recall Kinzinger ever talking about the issue of marriage during the campaign or during their lone face to face before the Chicago Tribune editorial board. My own archives of that race don’t show him talking on that subject in either the primary or general election.
In April of this year Kinzinger started to change his tune telling students at Illinois Valley Community College that, “I’m against a constitutional ban against it(same sex marriage), the rest of it I say is a state by state issue.”
Last week in a radio interview following the Supreme Courts ruling that nationalized same sex marriage Kinzinger said that, ” I’ve opposed federal bans on gay marriage. I believe that’s something that should be decided at the state level, but then again, look the Supreme Court has spoken…If we respect the Constitution of the United States we have to respect the role the Supreme Court played and they made a decision whether I agree with that decision or not it appears gay marriage is the law of the land and I think that’s something we’re going to have to get used to.”
On Friday a spokesperson for Kinzinger told David Giuliani of the Ottawa Times that Kinzinger NEVER supported defending traditional marriage:
When The Times asked Kinzinger’s spokeswoman, Catherine Gatewood, about his changed position, she didn’t dispute the shift. But she later requested documentation showing that Kinzinger backed the amendment before.
After The Times presented the information, it asked her about why Kinzinger had taken a new position.
Gatewood then released a three-sentence statement from the congressman that she said would be his “last comment he has in regards to your request at this time.” It didn’t answer why he had changed his position.
“Congressman Kinzinger did not tell the Tribune he supported the amendment in 2010, but that he would ‘likely’ support it. That in no way defined his position,” she said in an email.
The Times was unable to get a copy of the 2010 survey that Kinzinger answered from the Christian Coalition, but several websites, including ontheissues.org, say he indicated in the coalition’s survey that he supported the amendment.
After continued questioning, Gatewood said in an email that the congressman had “never declared his support for a federal marriage amendment.” She said her office had no record of Kinzinger’s answers to the Christian Coalition survey.
In response to Kinzinger’s abandonment of traditional marriage David Hale said, “The revelation that Kinzinger is opposed to traditional marriage is evidence of the depths of deception he went to in order to get elected by the Tea Party the first time. Traditional marriage transcends Adam Kinzinger. For that I am grateful.”
Just like Kinzinger’s insistence that he was a “Tea Party conservative” was sent down the memory hole the moment it was safe for him to come out as a loyal Boehner and GOP establishment yes man(supporting amnesty included), so to has Kinzinger’s affiliation with traditional marriage been flushed from existence.
To bad for Kinzy the internet is forever.
cross posted from USofArn.com