David Hoffman announces that he supports gay marriage rights

Former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman, who recently announced his intention to run in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in February, is also a proponent of the rights of gays and lesbians to marry.

Daniel X. O'Neil, a Hoffman spokesman, e-mailed me the following statement in response to this item:
David Hoffman does not believe the government should intrude or discriminate on the question of who people decide to marry and spend the rest of their lives together. It's an issue of equality and fundamental fairness and all people -- regardless of sexual orientation -- should be provided the same protection under the law.

David also supports Congressman Quigley's bill to repeal DOMA. As a matter of constitutional law, a contract entered into in one state should be honored by all states. Just as the sanctity of opposite sex marriages in a state are honored by other states, so should the marriages of same sex couples. Without this protection, opposite sex couples can file a joint tax form and receive a tax benefit. Under present law, same sex couples can't. That's wrong. It's discrimination. And Congressman Quigley's bill to repeal the law should be adopted by congress and signed into law by President Obama, who supports the measure.

It's also worth mentioning that David supports changing the failed military policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." It is absurd that patriotic Americans, who happen to be gay and desire to serve their country, cannot do so openly without the penalty of being discharged. There are good soldiers who are not serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places around the globe because of this discriminatory policy. David believes President Obama should work with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to repeal the current policy in a manner that provides the least disruption to our military. But the current policy must be changed.