John Boehner on Sunday said he cannot imagine supporting a gay child’s same-sex marriage. The 63-year old Republican Speaker of the House made the comments to ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, who asked him, “Can you imagine yourself in a situation where you reversed your decision as Portman has on gay marriage if a child of yours or someone you loved told you they were gay?”
“I believe that marriage is the union of one man, one woman. It’s what I grew up with, it’s what I believe, it’s what my church teaches me. And I can’t imagine that position would ever change.”
Speaker Boehner, who has eleven brothers and sisters, is the father of two daughters, Lindsay and Tricia. Tricia Boehner married James “Jak” Kinney in 2011. Nothing has been written about Lindsay Boehner.
Boehner, a ten-term Congressman, attended Xavier, a Jesuit, Catholic university, taking seven years to graduate, after having spent eight weeks in the Navy. He’s been in politics almost his entire post-collegiate life, although his official biography states he was a small business man working in plastics.
What most Americans don’t know is how involved Speaker Boehner is with the anti-gay movement. Aside from mandating the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) defend DOMA — the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages — in court, Boehner has spent two years, and authorized his hand-picked lawyer to be paid $3 million for the effort. Boehner’s lawyer has lost every DOMA case he’s tried.
Boehner also has voided the First amendment’s separation of church and state edict. AS Speaker of the House, John Boehner appointed the most-influential anti-gay activist in America to a high-level position in the federal government.
One year ago this week, John Boehner appointed National Organization For Marriage (NOM) co-founder and former Chairman Dr. Robert P. George to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Commissioners at the USCIRF are government employees, and hold their posts for two years.
Last year, Dr. George appeared on anti-gay advocate and founder of James Dobson’s show claimed that President Barack Obama’s policies were a “weapon” of the federal government designed to “undermine religious liberty.”
Days after George’s appointment to the USCIRF, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released previously-sealed court documents that included internal NOM documents which provide a road map and board-approved strategy for using race-baiting and religion as tactics to divide the Democratic party on the issue of same-sex marriage and to bring down President Obama.
Dr. George is credited with writing the Manhattan Declaration, which has been signed by Christian Evangelical leaders who promise “resistance to the point of civil disobedience against any legislation that might implicate their churches or charities in abortion, embryo-destructive research or same-sex marriage.”
George has been praised by the late anti-gay activist, Chuck Colson, and in 2011 Dr. George wrote that “‘gay marriage’ will inevitably undermine all marriages.”
GLAAD lists Robert George among their 36 commentators tracked as part of the GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project, and cites these facts about Dr. George:
Described being gay as “beneath the dignity of human beings as free and rational creatures.”
Argued that gay relationships have “no intelligible basis in them for the norms of monogamy, exclusivity, and the pledge of permanence.”
Suggested that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shouldn’t be considered a Catholic because by signing marriage equality into law, “he has made it clear that he simply does not believe what Catholicism teaches about sexual morality and marriage.”
Said marriage equality is “about sex,” not about love, commitment, and responsibility.
Sits on the Board of an organization that supports and funds anti-Islam extremists.
Editor’s note: Portions of the article appeared on these pages last year, in “John Boehner Appoints NOM Founder To Religious Freedom Commission.”
Hat-tip: The Raw Story
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