The View’s Elizabeth Hasselbeck Tuesday came out in support of former Giant and NFL Super Bowl star David Tyree, who said last week same-sex marriage is “unnatural” and will lead to “anarchy.” Hasselbeck, raised Roman Catholic and now a Christian, used President Obama’s position on marriage equality as part of her defense.
“Guess what — our own president defines marriage, traditionally, between a man and a woman, so this is not something that is totally out of the box here,” Hasselbeck said on Tuesday’s show.
Hasselbeck, who herself last summer said “I actually support gay marriage,” did not bother to make that point in her argument.
David Tyree has been a lightening rod for marriage equality advocates ever since his interview — sponsored by NOM, the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage — in which Tyree states that just because a minority has “an agenda,” they shouldn’t be allowed to change the legal definition of marriage, and suggests same-sex marriage is wrong because children need a mother and a father to be successful.
“How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or an agenda and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country, not founded by man, something that’s holy or sacred?,” Tyree asks. Tyree is African-American, and perhaps forgot that African-Americans — unlike gays and lesbians — have benefited from the U.S. government’s expansion over time of marriage equality.
In the discussion on The View, Hasselbeck states, “I know David Tyree, I know his heart, he said he has no hate, he loves everyone, he believes everyone’s created by God and should be loved as such. He doesn’t have bigotry, he truly is just a man who is not a part-time guy following God.”
President Obama, aside from his 1996 signed statement that said he supports same-sex marriage, has consistently said he subscribes to the belief that marriage is one man and one woman only. Further, even though the president believes DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional, he has only been able to say he is “wrestling” with the idea of marriage equality.
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