Herman Cain has backtracked on his position on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
As early as last week, Cain said that he opposed such an amendment.
Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, Cain told host David Gregory that if elected president he “wouldn’t seek a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but I am pro traditional marriage.”
The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza also stated his opposition to such an amendment during an earlier New Hampshire GOP debate.
Cain’s stance on the issue has previously infuriated the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation’s most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, whose anti-gay marriage pledge failed to win Cain’s endorsement.
But in a videotaped interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s (CBS) David Brody after Cain appeared Saturday at the Iowa Faith and Freedom’s annual banquet, Cain said he had changed his position.
“[In your Faith and Freedom speech] you mentioned marriage as well so you’re also, just so I understand, you’re for a constitutional marriage amendment as well?” Brody asked.
“I think marriage should be protected at the federal level also,” Cain responded. “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.”