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Gay Marriage Causes Crime, Claims Gary Bauer

Gay Marriage Causes Crime, Claims Gary Bauer


“American Values” spokesperson, president, and political personality Gary Bauer made an astounding comment this week that, at the most basic level, correlated crime in Chicago with the Democratic promotion of gay marriage rights.

Right Wing Watch hosts an audio clip of Mr. Bauer’s statement. In response to a speech Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel recently gave about crime rates in Chicago and the deaths that have occurred in the area over the last year, Bauer offers this explanation as to why crime rates are so high:

Well, thanks for speaking up Mr. Mayor, you’re asking the right questions, but sadly you can’t come up with the right answers. Certainly these kids aren’t getting their values from their fathers because they don’t have fathers in their households. For the past fifty years, Rahm Emanuel’s party, the Democratic Party, has made it comfortable for many women to not have husbands in the home. Now Obama and the Democrats have embraced the radical idea of men marrying other men! How is that going to help the black family?

When Emanuel worked in the Clinton White House, the response to gang violence, do you remember this, was midnight basketball programs. It didn’t work, midnight basketball programs don’t replace fathers. And, of course, it was around that time when Democrats and their media allies did their best to convince us that values really didn’t matter. Even the disgusting values demonstrated in the Oval Office with a White House intern.

The statement at once condemns single-parent households and gay marriage as socially unacceptable family formations. He intrinsically blames single mothers and gay fathers for an upsurge in crime in the Chicago area and the destruction of the family. He ties these ideas together in a loose jumble of associations that don’t really make sense.

Eventually, Bauer leaps to the conclusion that Democrats don’t have values because the Clinton sexual scandal of the 1990′s, and the ensuing investigation, were proof that “values really didn’t matter” to Democrats. So, Clinton’s infidelity to his wife somehow proves that gay marriage is unwanted and immoral? Wouldn’t it more likely point out that issues abound in all marriages, including heterosexual ones? The whole statement is a reaction to the Obama administration’s support of equal marriage and LGBT rights.

Bauer serves as the president for “American Values,” a conservative organization that takes a “pro-life, pro-family, and pro-growth values” stance on political issues, according to its website. The American Values subheading reads, “Your Voice to Help Protect Life, Marriage, Family, Faith, and Freedom.”

The organization clearly champions a very specific voice on these issues, and certainly not the voices of single mothers, single fathers or LGBT activists and allies.


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11:00PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

This guy is in the same league as the Iranian cleric who believes that 'promiscuous' women cause earthquakes.

Crime! Pestilence! Earthquakes! The power of women is all encompassing! Super nova coming our way soon! (Unless of course women surrender all rights as persons and hide under a rock like these Neanderthal trolls).

3:36PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

And masturbation causes you to go blind. What century is this?

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Was this man eating magic mushrooms or something? Smoking oregano? Who knows. Putting these people on a raft and sending them on a long vacation might open their minds up if they get a chance to look at waterfalls, rainbows (or will they try and ban them?). Just when you think that you have heard everything some right winger comes up with something even worse.

7:59AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Gene-that was a very insightful and well-written post. Take another green star out of petty cash!

6:30AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

(continued)We can, if we love enough to care. If we stop playing the blame game and LOOK at the sociological mess both parties have created. Love is the answer to every question and it most certainly is to this one as well. Get past the partisanship, determine the unique needs of this population, enact legislation to address those needs and bring them into our American family fully. We can do that. If we'd stop play political games with that communities lives. Children ARE dying in the streets and that should be enough to get any politician off their butt and looking for real answers. Any statesperson. Using them to make political points is using them to play political football with deadly results. We should be better than that. Smarter than that.

6:21AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

(continued)streets is, finding a way to help them get the education and training they need to be full participants in society is. Pandering to them, wringing our hands about gang violence is NOT the way to fix this problem. It can be fixed by eliminating institutional racism, and creating programs that deliver measurable results, by understanding that they can't be treated as "immigrants" because they never were. Finding ways to give them hope for a different tomorrow is how we help this community finally assimilate fully into American society is the ONLY way we break this chain of racism that has held them back for 150 years is the answer. Work on THAT problem, without blaming, without wringing our hands over what has been done, looking to the future and creating programs that encourage the reuniting of the nuclear black family, whether they be or gay or straight is how we "fix" this. The blame game is fun for politicians, but they are supposed to be "seers", and it is past time they SEE what they have wrought and FIX it. It can be, all it requires is the will to do so and engaging the community in devising programs to bring dads back into the home, supporting them as they get an education, training, college and elimination of the attitude so prevalent in mainstream America that this is group that can't be helped. It's on ALL of us to fix this, it doesn't matter that we didn't own slaves, our forebears did and it is up to us to make it right now. We can, if we love e

6:19AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

(Continued)removed the men from the households, or turned the family into criminals by committing fraud, and yes, there were fraud investigators who did things look go look for men's shoes under the bed. Those men became what we now call gangsters, no education, no job, no hope. Young black males had THAT as their "dream". Young black women knew marriage was not their answer, no education, generational poverty, no hope. Their "dream" was to become independent, have a baby, get their own subsidized apartment, a grant, food stamps, medical care and have more babies. Those children were passed around to grandmothers and great grandmothers to maintain their eligibility for assistance. That was what AFDC did to the black community. Perpetuated dependence and destroyed the nuclear family. The community has not recovered yet. But now we have limits on length of assistance, you can no longer get a college degree while on assistance, a vocational program of a years duration is about it. We've never found a way, and I don't know that society in general has really looked, to help break this generational poverty morass. That community is still raised with no hope, things have always been this way, they expect they always will be. Some have broken free, not easily, most have not. Blaming THEM, or the last few presidential administrations isn't the answer. Finding a way to break the cycle is, finding a way to bring hope to those young people before they are lost to the street

6:18AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

I really hate to say this but there is a point that Bauer made that has some validity to it. I've worked in that "system" for 36 years. AFDC, came out of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society movement and it decimated black families, which were already in dire straights because of more than 100 years of overt and covert racism, the Jim Crow laws that followed emancipation. This is the one immigrant group that did not follow traditional immigrant assimilation where the first generation labors, the bread winner may learn some English, the native language is spoken at home, the second generation goes to school, speaks English, is the first to graduate high school, may or may not know the native language, the third generation is the first to go to college, is fully assimilated, most often does not know the native language. That's because African-Americans didn't immigrate. And were actively excluded from mainstream American life until well past the civil rights movement of the 1960's, in many ways they still are confined to certain areas of the city, still discriminated against though not overtly.

AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) was a wonderful program in many ways, designed to be be a hand up, you could get get a college degree while receiving benefits, and many aid, most often though, single white female head of households. AFDC had a fatal flaw, however, there could be only adult in a household. For the black community that removed the men from the househol

12:15AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Yes. Ha! Ha! Ha! I was a single parent and one daughter is a psychologist and the other one is a corporate manager. Bauer and people like him need to crawl back into the holes they came out of!

5:33PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

The headline of this story is simply laughable.

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