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Pat Robertson: Gay Marriage Is An “Abomination”

by David Badash on November 8, 2011

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,News,Politics,Religion

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Televangelist Pat Robertson says that marriage equality is an abomination, and that same-sex couples want a stamp of approval from the Church so people don’t think they’re sinful. Robertson, who made these comments yesterday on his 700 Club television show, implied that same-sex couples already have full equality with civil ceremonies, and that the Church owns marriage.

Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch, who offers this video and transcript, notes the Pat Robertson segment “featured a story on Rose Marie Belforti, the New York town clerk who refuses to sign marriage licenses following the passage of the state law providing marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. The highly sympathetic story featured interviews with Belforti along with her allies in New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and her legal counsel, the Alliance Defense Fund. People For the American Way Foundation is representing a lesbian couple Beforti turned away, and Belforti is facing a write-in challenger in her re-election race tomorrow.”

Robertson also applauded Belforti, calling her a “prisoners of conscience.”

Pat Robertson: Isn’t it a shame that this kind of thing has come up. It’s what the Bible calls an abomination. It’s one thing to say these folks should have all the freedom and all the rights of any citizen, that’s the American way, but marriage particularly is a sacrament of the church and the fact that they have civil ceremonies and civil clerks that sign licenses it’s not the same thing as marriage. And the homosexuals want to have the imprimatur of the church on their lifestyle, that’s what this is all about. They don’t want to have anybody say what they’re doing is sinful. So these clerks have stand up as prisoners of conscience and it looks like a steamroller is taking them out of the way, but we’ll see what happens. You know, sometimes a few brave people have changed the course of history.


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WSwigart November 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

I'm thinking Mr. Pat Robertson has confused the definition of marriage for weddings.

FlexSF November 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

Dear Robertson, you may call gay marriage what you want, but your pious words are on the cusp of powerlessness. The gays shall receive their legal equality, under the law, by way of the federal court system. Their private lives shall be insulated from your sexist, intrusive dogma, and you shall be powerless to do anything about it. If you don't like it, you may kiss my middle finger.

atalanta20 November 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

Poor old Pat. He's a bit long in the tooth now, isn't he? Someone needs to explain to him that he just argued for abolishing town hall weddings and renaming them civil unions. Good luck with that, buddy.

And maybe it's my liberal bias, but aren't prisoners usually, erm, people in prison?

If Rose Marie Belforti wants to be a " soon-to-be ex-employee of conscience" then she'd better get to the back of the line. It's a long one – ahead of her are LGBs in 29 states and transfolk in 35, all of whom who could lose their jobs at any time because of their identity. But I'm looking forward to hearing Ms Belforti get laughed out of court with her "God told me not to do my job" argument.

southpaugh November 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Silly ol' Pat: We really don't give a rat's patootie what you, your sycophants, or any other believers in magic think about gay marriage. The only reason there's an issue at all is because you insist your book of fairy tales, superstition and institutionalized hocus pocus has any validity whatsoever. It is immaterial what you think other than you're a buttinsky who likes to mess with other peoples' lives. But, then, that's how you make your substantial living off the gullibility of freightened, guilt-ridden, lazy or weak minds.

Rose Marie Belforti is paid to do a job that has nothing to do with her personal prejudices. If she can't bring herself to fulfill the requirements of her job, she disqualifies herself from holding that job. It's her choice. It is not up to society to bend for her illegal druthers. If she loses her job in this case, it will be for cause, unlike the thousands, among whom I am included, who have lost a job, been denied work, lost housing, been denied housing, have been ostrasized and humiliated in public merely for existing. If she refuses to do her job, she doesn't deserve to hold it. LGBT people are denied just for existing. No comparison whatsoever.

david0296 November 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

"…but marriage particularly is a sacrament of the church…" — So, Pat doesn't know that non-religious couples can get married in our country? I seriously doubt that. Lying for God is still lying, Pat.

"And the homosexuals want to have the imprimatur of the church on their lifestyle, that’s what this is all about." — More lying, Pat? You know that churches can NEVER be forced to marry anyone they don't want to. The First Amendment guarantees it. By the way, there are churches that actually support 'marriage equality'. Don't they have the right to solemnize those marriages? What about their freedom of religion?

coxhere November 9, 2011 at 10:55 am

Evilgelical Robertson is like Pinocchio. The more that Pinocchio lied, the longer his nose got. In Robertson's case, the more he lies, the more deformed his head becomes. His head is now grotesque because of all of his lying. Deforming-Head lies and says "….same-​sex couples want a stamp of approval from the Church so people don’t think they’re sinful." Gays don't need the church's approval. The more that "christians" like Deforming-Head lie, the more that Americans approve and accept Gays as full, participating members of this diverse, American society. The truth, in fact, is the opposite of what Deforming-Head lies: The more that Deforming-Head's brand of "christianity" speak lies, the more irrelevant it becomes. Deforming-Head wants American society's stamp of approval for lying about Gay Americans. Such bullshit makes American society want to stamp out Deforming-Head, his "christianity," and his lies. By the way, Deforming-Head's brand of "christianity" is not sacramental. Matter of fact, Deforming-Head thinks that the sacramental, Roman church is "The Babylon," the apostate church repeatedly mentioned in The Revelation of Saint John, the Divine. He is anti-catholic. So, it's difficult to imagine him referring to marriage as a "sacrament." Maybe he meant to say "sacred" and he got tongue-tied. Or, perhaps, his deforming-head is accelerating his dementia?

DarthEVaderCheney December 8, 2011 at 7:48 am

Ah dooooo hate to be a stick in the mud for ol Patty Robert's son, but marriage is only a Sacrament in the Catholic church. And if we really get down and dirty about abominations… well, there's ol Pattycakes, himself!

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