The fight over marriage equality seems like much ado about nothing these days, but just eight short years ago, Republican presidential hopefuls signed a letter affirming their opposition.
In addition to pledging their opposition, they vowed to establish a presidential commission “to investigate the harassment of traditional marriage supporters.”
Among those signing on was then-Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, who is now a senator.
President Obama, at the time, also opposed same-sex marriage. He later famously “evolved” and endorsed marriage equality just before winning re-election in 2012.
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