While historians and news commentators have credited Ford with uniting the U.S. in the wake of the Watergate scandal, few have mentioned his statements on equality for gays.
In an October 2001 interview with lesbian columnist Deb Price of the Detroit News, Ford called on fellow Republicans to join him in supporting equal treatment for gay people.
The Republican Unity Coalition – which advocated making homosexuality a non-issue for the party – invited Ford to join their board of directors. He accepted, becoming the first U.S. President to join the board of a gay rights advocacy organization.
When asked by Price if gay couples should receive full marriage equality, Ford said, "I don't see why they shouldn't. I think that's a proper goal. I think they ought to be treated equally. Period."
This Rainbow Minute was read by John DeBoer.
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