Wes Clark on civil unions

January 25, 2004

MR. RUSSERT: Would you support gay marriages?

GEN. CLARK: I support equal rights, and what that means is if people want to enter into a contract where they have the right to visitation in a hospital, just as though they were family, they should have that right. If they want the rights of survivorship, they should have that right. If they want the right to put their partner on an insurance policy, they should have that right. And whether that’s called marriage or not is really–that’s up to the church or synagogue or mosque and the states. But equal rights in America is a requirement; that’s what we stand for as a nation, and that’s what I support.

MR. RUSSERT: You told The Advocate that in Massachusetts, if you say you’re going to form a civil union, but we’re going to call it a marriage, that as far as you’re concerned, it’s a marriage.

GEN. CLARK: That’s up to the states.

NBC News Meet the Press Jan 25, 2004