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13 GOP Presidential Hopefuls. 12 Lies On Marriage And DOMA.

by David Badash on March 24, 2011

in Bigotry Watch,DOMA,News,Politics

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There are currently 13 GOP presidential hopefuls, give or take, and 12 of them have been lying about marriage equality and DOMA. From Bachmann to Barbour, from Huckabee to Huntsman, from Palin to Pawlenty, the lies they are telling about “the gays” are startling. But why should they stop, after all, they’re just speaking their hearts and minds, for all the world to see, and for their base to revel in their ignorance and hatred. Pity that base is shrinking and is none-too-pleased with what they see from the GOP.

Read: “DOMA: Majorities Of Almost Every Demographic Support Repeal

But first, here is the required presidential oath of office, which the 13 men and women below had better familiarize themselves with, as they have expressed interest in holding this esteemed office, and, based upon many of the statements below, it seems like they have no idea what the oath actually means:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Note it does not say I will execute and defend the laws, it says I “will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Here’s a roundup. Quotes are thanks to the good folks at the Center for American Progress. (Responses, in parentheses, are mine.)

Read: “Americans To DOMA: Drop Dead

Michele Bachmann:If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement.” (No need to attempt to dispel this. It’s utter bull. What the hell is she even talking about? It’s not a “lifestyle,” it’s a life. It’s actually my life, and I certainly do not feel enslaved to it or to my partner. Does Bachmann even know any same-sex couples? I’d be happy to counsel her…)

Haley Barbour: “Marriage is between one man and one woman. The President took an oath to uphold the Constitution & needs to defend our laws, including DOMA.” (DOMA is not in the constitution. The president does not need to defend laws that are unconstitutional, he merely needs to enforce them, which he still is.)

Mitch Daniels: “The next president ‘would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues. We’re going to just have to agree to get along for a little while’ until economic issues are resolved.” (Daniels has said he is opposed to marriage equality. Would he really veto an amendment banning marriage equality? And didn’t all the Republicans in the lead-up to the 2010 elections promise to focus on jobs if they got elected. Did they? Where are the jobs, Mr. Boehner?)

Rudy Giuliani: “I clearly believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, although I did support domestic partnerships and still do a contractual relationship.” (Wonder how same-sex married Giuliani’s friends, who put him up when he was in the middle of a divorce would feel about this? And evidently, Giuliani now believes we need a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Oh, and separate but equal isn’t equal.)

Newt Gingrich:The President is replacing the rule of law with the rule of Obama. The President swore an oath on the Bible to ensure that the laws be faithfully executed, not to decide which laws are and which are not constitutional.” (Newt Gingrich, thrice married, twice divorced, serial adulterer, disgraced and forced to resign his Congressional seat and office, is again lying here. See above. “The President swore an oath on the Bible to ensure that the laws be faithfully executed, not to decide which laws are and which are not constitutional.” Nope. Want to hold the office? Learn the oath first. And, for those who don’t remember their history, many other presidents, including Eisenhower, Kennedy, Truman, Ford, Clinton, Bush 41, Bush 43, and yes, even Reagan, have refused to defend laws they believed unconstitutional. Any questions?)

Mike Huckabee: “These are experiments to see how well children will fare in such same-sex households. It will be years before we know whether or not our little guinea pigs turn out to be good at marriage and parenthood.” (Wrong. Two long-term studies recently published found just the opposite. In fact, one of them, a twenty-five year-long and vigorously peer-reviewed study published in the journal Pediatrics, found that adopted children raised by lesbian parents are better-adjusted and do better in school than their opposite-parented peers. Add to this the fact that we now have, “a study of gay dads that finds they are more likely than straight ones to focus on parenting over career, at least when their children are young.” Any questions, minister?)

Jon Huntsman: “…individual rights, equal rights, could be taken up to the level of civil unions without compromising traditional marriage, which is something I believe in.” (Separate but equal? Yup. Not good enough. And definitely not in this day and age.)

Gary Johnson: “But I do support gay unions. I think the government should be out of the marriage business and leave marriage to the churches.” (Well, that sounds nice, but “gay unions” aren’t marriage, and we want marriage. Full, legal, civil marriage. We don’t care about the church aspect of it except that churches do not own the word marriage. Again, separate but equal isn’t equal.)

Fred Karger: “I will make gay marriage the law of the land.” (Ta Da! The one person willing to say it. Congratulations.)

Sarah Palin:I have always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman. Like the majority of Americans, I support the Defense of Marriage Act and find it appalling that the Obama administration decided not to defend this federal law which was enacted with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by a Democratic President. It’s appalling, but not surprising that the President has flip-flopped on yet another issue from his stated position as a candidate to a seemingly opposite position once he was elected.” (I have already debunked this bunk here and here, but in a nutshell, [1] “the majority of Americans support the Defense of Marriage Act,” is a lie, as proven here and here; [2] “find it appalling that the Obama administration decided not to defend this federal law,” well, go talk to Eisenhower, Kennedy, Truman, Ford, Clinton, Bush 41, Bush 43, and yes, even Reagan first, who all refused to defend laws in court, and [3] “the President has flip-flopped on yet another issue from his stated position as a candidate,” Bull. CBS News wrote recently, “In August 2007, [Obama] campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said, “He supports the complete repeal of DOMA which is the same position he has held since early 2004.” Any questions?)

Tim Pawlenty:So if you are a third-grade teacher and you are a man and you show up on Monday as Mr. Johnson and you show up on Tuesday as Mrs. Johnson, that is a little confusing to the kids. So I don’t like that.” (I know this comment isn’t about marriage but I cannot let this one go unaddressed. Almost everything is confusing to third graders. That’s why they are third-graders. And that’s why we have teachers, (and parents, for that matter,) to explain things to them. If this is news to the former Governor, perhaps he should either go back to third grade or he should abstain from parenting all together.)

“I firmly believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, as President Obama told us he believed in 2008. But now President Obama and his Justice Department would have us believe that traditional marriage laws are unconstitutional.” (“traditional marriage laws are unconstitutional.” Nice twist there, Governor. And, um, no. A particular law is unconstitutional. If you want to try to draft a traditional marriage law in a way that isn’t unconstitutional, I encourage you to spend all your time, especially in the 2012 election season, doing just that. Perhaps then you will actually learn a little about the constitution. By the way, “President Obama and his Justice Department,” and two federal judges have deemed DOMA unconstitutional. Nice of you to leave that fact out.)

Mitt Romney: “I agree with 3,000 years of recorded history. I disagree with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman.” (I’m not one to throw one’s religion in one’s face, but let’s face facts here: “3,000 years of recorded history” in Romney’s case, Romney being a Mormon, includes “Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman and a woman and a woman and a woman…” In fact, the U.S. government created marriage laws in part to end Mormon polygamy. So, Governor… Besides, “3,000 years of recorded history” also includes the Old Testament, which means, “Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman and a woman and a woman and a woman…” Is that what the Governor is now advocating? Just checking.)

Rick Santorum: “But what I can say is that the state is not doing a service to the child and to society by not putting that child in a home where there is a mother and a father. This is common sense. This is nature. And what we’re trying to do is defy nature because a certain group of people want to be affirmed by society. And I just don’t think that’s to the benefit of society or to the child.” (Where do we even begin with this? OK. “the state is not doing a service to the child and to society by not putting that child in a home where there is a mother and a father.” [1] Thanks in large part to Santorum and his ilk, women’s reproductive rights are becoming even more difficult to access, which means even more unwanted children, which means even more children are going to be put up for adoption. Not to mention all the countries around the world, and recent disasters that have killed hundreds of thousands of parents. My point is, speaking of “common sense,” there are far more children needing good homes than there are heterosexual married couples wanting to adopt them. So, unless the former Senator is willing to adopt millions of children, he needs to do better than proselytize here. [2] He’s plain wrong. Remember this: Two long-term studies recently published found just the opposite. In fact, one of them, a twenty-five year-long and vigorously peer-reviewed study published in the journalPediatrics, found that adopted children raised by lesbian parents are better-adjusted and do better in school than their opposite-parented peers. Add to this the fact that we now have, “a study of gay dads that finds they are more likely than straight ones to focus on parenting over career, at least when their children are young.” Any questions, minister Senator?)

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Wendy Leigh March 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm

The Bachmanns, of which Marcus is a pray-away-the-gay psychologist in a christian counciling practice, calls us barbarians who need to be trained. FYI

Alexander March 26, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I think this article is a bit misleading about Gary Johnson's position. Getting the government out of marriage would end the government monopoly on marriage and allow all couples to make their own choices.

David Badash March 27, 2011 at 1:25 am

And in the world of reality, the government will never get out of the marriage business, and Johnson was very clear. Sorry, but again, separate but equal isn’t equal. Why would you support that? Or him?

tom gill April 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I agree with Mr. Obama. Marrage is between a man and women……Period!…..end of story.

David Badash April 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Pity, because 53% of your fellow Americans disagree, and you're on the wrong side of history.

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