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GOP Candidates Talk Same-Sex Marriage (VIDEO)

GOP Candidates Talk Same-Sex Marriage (VIDEO)

 

Potential candidates for the GOP presidential ticket met in Iowa this week for Thursday’s Ames debate ahead of the weekend’s straw poll. †When it came to a question on same-sex marriage the candidates were consistently against, but the variations in their answers did raise some interesting questions.

Mitt Romney declared that marriage is a “status” and therefore individual states should not be given the power to decide whether they grant marriage rights to same-sex couples. Instead there should be an established consistency brought about by a federal marriage amendment. So no to state†sovereignty, yes to big government then — at least on this issue. Also calling marriage a status would seem to indicate Romney believes marriage is a government defined concept outside of a purely religious definition, and if so I’d be interested to know how he defends civil same-sex marriage discrimination in absence of religious doctrine.

Ron Paul†inferred slippery slope arguments that put same-sex marriage and polygamy in the same bracket are so far out of reality they’re absurd, †but he did say he thought marriage should be between a single man and a single woman and that the federal government shouldn’t be involved. I would be interested to find out, then, if Rep. Paul would like to get rid of the Defense of Marriage Act which in 1996 altered the federal government’s neutral stance on marriage by preventing it from recognizing state sanctioned same-sex marriages.

Rick Santorum, who had quite a metaphor filled week where gay marriage is concerned,†went on the attack saying it sounded like Rep. Paul thought polygamous marriages would be okay. The jokes write themselves.

Michele Bachmann, on the other hand, was horn-tooting all the way. She was keen to point out that she has always supported the federal marriage amendment and confirmed that as president she wouldn’t nominate “activist judges who would legislate from the bench” so as to ensure when same-sex marriage does reach the court… well, she stopped short of saying it but clearly she wants a ruling along her ideological lines and is prepared to select judges on that basis.

Congressman Jon Huntsman, however, stood out among the other candidates when he stressed that while he doesn’t support same-sex marriage, he believes the nation can do better on equality when it comes to reciprocal beneficiary rights. He said he supports civil unions.

Watch the Think Progress video of the candidates’ answers below. The video unfortunately cuts Paul off before he can say he wants the federal government out of the marriage game, but you can read his full remarks and a transcript of the other candidates’ positions here.

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10:32PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

With people out of work and frightened , the Republicans have CHOSEN to focus on the opposite financial direction of what economists suggest and to attack women ,minorities ,poor people and LGBT.All the attacks on abortion,birth control,Medicare and Gay Marriage are to hurt Obama's support among the people those things affect.THEY are playing HARDBALL. THEIR plan is to GET RID OF OBAMA NO MATTER WHO THEY HURT.THEY are BARELY disguised RACISTS with a minor in SEXISM. ALL the REPUBLICANS are infected with TEAPARTY which MEANS RELIGIOUS FANATICISM. We need to remember that the REAL FOUNDING FATHERS insisted that RELIGION'S PLACE IS IN CHURCH NOT GOVERNMENT. Civil marriage ,a government function, MUST BE EVERYONE'S RIGHT. Church weddings are up to the church involved. In the same way that religous TEACHERS DON'T TEACH RELIGION, RELIGIOUS LEGISLATORS NEED TO NOT LEGISLATE RELIGION.

7:41AM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

Scary that such "narrow minded" individuals are considered candidates for this countries presidency.

10:33PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Sad!

10:25PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Such ignorance.

5:29PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Sharon A. asks, "How would sanctioning gay marriage ruin this country??

To put it simply, it wouldn't.

Why is it that those states that allow same-sex marriages tend to have lower divorce rates among traditional marriages?

1:12PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Libertarian :A proponent of Libertarianism, a political philosophy that upholds individual liberty, especially freedom of expression and action. Rules out Ron Paul. Give it up, old dude, the Republican base will ever go for you, and your rabid fan base is too small to overcome.

11:53AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

If the office of the President of the US weren't at stake this would be laughable. The top contender makes absolutely no sense in his statement and of course, Bachmann spouted off her usual blah, blah, blah. Huntsman was the only one who showed any sign at all of sanity.

9:29AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

They've taken the public out of Republican.

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

8:59AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

disturbing

8:36AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Like so many "church people" these clowns think that they have the right to rule other people's lives. Spirituality is about your relationship with God, period. It is not about controlling other people who believe something you do not. If you think your religion gives you the power to meddle in other people's lives because you don't like something they do or believe in, then you have no business in public office at all. Religion and religious beliefs are an entirely personal matter and are not for your imposition on anyone else about anything.This is the 21st century and I don't like so you can't do it is and should be no longer an option. Practice your religion at home and in your daily life, but don't impose it on others. There is no spirituality in that.

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