After speaking before a crowd 8,500 people, Barack Obama privately met with 25 people from the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry group.
The group has previously met with Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards.
While Obama spoke on stage with Oprah the group was seated in an empty Sam Adams bar, where they were given position papers on gay and lesbian issues and a chart comparing all the candidates, both Democratic and Republican. The group was joined by a national Obama staffer and a New Hampshire staffer.
After the Obama/Oprah rally, the group was taken to a private room in the basement of the Verizon Wireless Arena. Within minutes a jacketless Obama arrived accompanied by two secret service members.
According to the notes of someone who was there, "He believed that couples in civil unions should have the same rights that heterosexual married couples have. He would not push for same-sex marriage because the country was not ready for it and that the issue would be the lightning rod (source's words) that Republicans would use to rally opposition to his campaign. Martin Luther King was attacked by some black people because he was not pushing for an end to miscegenation first. King felt that equal voting rights was more important and that he did not want an end to miscegenation to cause the defeat of the rest of the civil rights agenda."
Obama also told the group, "you guys have been supplanted by the Hispanics," by the Republicans as the new evil group.