Asked what was at the heart of her opposition to same-sex marriage, Sen. Hillary Clinton said, “I prefer to think of it as being very positive about civil unions. It’s a personal position. For me, we have made it very clear in our country that we believe in equality. How we get to full equality is the debate we’re having.” Sen. Barack Obama said his view is that “we should try to disentangle what has historically been the issue of the word ‘marriage,’ which has religious connotations to some people, from the civil rights that are given couples. My job as president is going to be to make sure that the legal rights that have consequences on a day-to-day basis for loving same-sex couples all across the country … are recognized and enforced,” he said. John Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina and the Democratic Party’s 2004 vice-presidential nominee, offered an apology for a previous statement that his religious faith was at the heart of his opposition to same-sex marriage. “I shouldn’t have said that,” said Edwards, who has previously said he has struggled with his position. “I believe to my core in equality. My campaign for the presidency is about equality across the board. All I can tell you is where I am today. I do not support same-sex marriage.