“I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one.” – Senator Saxby Chambliss
COME ONE. Come all. Read ‘em all.
Politico, however accidentally, has a compilation of homophobic Republican ignorance spewing out of the mouths of a bunch of white men, with an assist from a couple of Democratics, two up for reelection, and two women, who haven’t one solid clue among them what the country is thinking, let alone what young people and the next generations watching them believe.
“For me, it’s something that I’ve held steady on since I was in the House of Representatives when we were debating this and when I first got to the Senate,” said South Dakota Sen. John Thune.
How proud Mr. Thune must be to be so consistently homophobic, following people instead of leading the way to equality for everyone in America, the foundation of this country.
As for civil rights, for Republicans…
“It’s a state’s rights issue,” said North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.
And Rand Paul, of filibuster courage and principle, agrees. You know, similar to if a business owner wants to keep a certain minority out of his eating establishment he should be able to.
“I believe in traditional, historic and the religious nature of marriage,” said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, the tea party Republican and possible 2016 presidential candidate. “Marriage is always a state issue, and I think it should remain a state issue.” [Politico]
But it was John McCain who chose projectile incoherence that launched him into another subject to get himself out of the goo he was left standing in.
“A lot of the views on marriage varies a lot with different parts of the country,” McCain said. “On the issue of gay marriage, that is a moral issue, in my view. It depends on your fundamental beliefs, but on an issue such as comprehensive immigration, it’s an issue of whether we’re going to, in my view, move forward with an issue that needs to be addressed: 11 million people who are out there living in the shadows. So I view those two issues somewhat differently.” [Politico]
This response is just precious…
“This isn’t something that senators are discussing all the time,” said Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, GOP point man on the Judiciary Committee.
Considering how uncomfortable everyone is about it, I guess not.
But not to be outdone, get a load of two female Democrats on the subject.
“Right now, I’m going to focus on jobs in North Carolina and getting this debt and deficit under control,” Sen. Kay Hagan said, whose obviously very nervous about her reelection.
“I’m still not supportive of it,” said Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat up for reelection in Arkansas.
“I think there’s a lot of shift going on in the country, and I’m thinking about it,” said McCaskill. She then called Rob Portman being educated by his own gay son “courageous.”
That’s our Senate, folks.
Still wondering why we have the leadership we do?
These people are the best this country can get, because if you want to be a United States Senator in American you have to buy your way into Congress.
Last but not least we have Linsday Graham, who stands with South Carolina, though I don’t think we’ve ever seen this guy standing next to a woman. Well, not at least one that wasn’t Senator Kelly Ayotte.
“I’m with South Carolina,” said GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who also faces voters next year. “I believe in traditional marriage – between a man and a woman, without animosity. I don’t mind if people are able to transfer their property, visit their loved ones in hospitals, but marriage to me, I’ve stayed with the concept of traditional marriage.” [Politico]