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Sen. DeMint: Same-Sex Marriage Destructive to Society, Gays Immoral


In an interview with Bloomberg, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) calls same-sex marriage destructive to society and says he can't even imagine having a gay president because homosexuality is immoral:

"He takes a hard line on social issues, passionately anti- abortion and pro-guns. He has been most outspoken as an opponent of any form of gay marriage. 'Marriage is a religious institution. The federal government has no business redefining what it is,' DeMint says. This is one issue where he doesn’t support states’ rights; state government shouldn’t have the right to permit gay marriage: 'Governments should not be in the business of promoting a behavior that’s proven to be destructive to our society.' He cringes at the notion of a gay or lesbian president: 'It would be bothersome to me just personally because I consider it immoral.'"

Over the summer, DeMint slammed hate crimes legislation in an equally offensive video for the Family Research Council.

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  1. Fine. If it's a religious institution, then married couples should not receive ONE benefit from the government. Everyone is single under the eyes of the law! Sen. Demint has spoken!

    Posted by: freddy | Dec 14, 2009 1:20:50 PM

  2. Well I personally that it is immoral for a 58-year-old man to dye his hair.

    Posted by: homer | Dec 14, 2009 1:21:21 PM

  3. and i have to take issue with sen. douchebag's really bad hair dye.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 14, 2009 1:22:00 PM

  4. umm, where's the news here? white, backward Southerner espousing views that are (fortunately) dying off with his generation of angry white men. next.

    Posted by: oy gevalt enough | Dec 14, 2009 1:26:40 PM

  5. Hasn't America already had a gay president? i.e. James Buchanan?

    Posted by: MT | Dec 14, 2009 1:27:25 PM

  6. P.S. Why is it that people can get fired for saying 'faggot' but politicians get to spew this hate and still keep their jobs? Will someone explain that to me?

    Posted by: MT | Dec 14, 2009 1:28:42 PM

  7. Actually, his first sentence is right. If marriage is a religious institution, then the Federal Government should take Churches' word for who is married. Of course, what assholes like this don;t realize is that there ARE CHURCHES WHO PERFORM SAME-SEX MARRIAGES. United, Unitarian, Progressive Judaism, some Episcopalian and Anglican, etc.

    So any way you slice it, you get same sex marriage, fool.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Dec 14, 2009 1:37:50 PM

  8. this guy is an absolute pig. unfortunately, dumb people vote dumb people into office.

    Posted by: David T | Dec 14, 2009 1:47:46 PM

  9. But dammit, MARRIAGE IS NOT A RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION!! It is 100% civil-- and as such predates religious involvement by CENTURIES. Look in history, kids.

    Besides, here's the proof that it's NOT a religious institution.

    Hey married straights: WHERE do you go to get your divorce?

    That's right-- Divorce Court.

    Religious officiants can make a marriage legally binding ONLY because they have temporary notary powers from the State.

    Therefore, marriage is, in the US, a CIVIL INSTITUTION. Whose rights and responsibilities are enshrined in 1,000+ Federal statutes (and, of course, in our Tax Code). Then there's that ol' Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution....

    Posted by: RW in LGB | Dec 14, 2009 1:52:06 PM

  10. He has the crackpot vote. It's beyond bigotry and has moved into lunacy. Fanatics vote. It's up to right-thinking people to make better selections at the ballot box. I am sickened that America has such a seamy underbelly. And despite what any tourist council might tell you, South Carolina has the worst weather of all the United States.

    Posted by: Interested Bystander | Dec 14, 2009 1:53:43 PM

  11. RW in LGB gets it precisely.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 14, 2009 2:29:03 PM

  12. Backward douche spouts backward shit... SHOCK! He is generally recognized as the most conservative of all Senators. People with a brain also recognize him as one of the biggest assholes in the Senate!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Dec 14, 2009 2:36:40 PM

  13. Hey DeMint - if you're reading this....This Fag would be more then happy to meet you in a Ring for a little 1 on 1 sparring....lets see who lasts!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 14, 2009 2:41:19 PM

  14. Why do moralizers like DeMint never seem to get asked the follow up questions of whether they are equally appalled by the moral failings of their Senate colleagues and whether they would be equally opposed to presidential candidates who have been divorced or committed adultery? Or is that an Inconvenient Religion?

    Posted by: SDCAP | Dec 14, 2009 2:41:35 PM

  15. Im glad these things are posted - so that years from now- when DeMint is an OLD Phuk...or dead, whichever comes 1st..he is a symbol of discrimination and bigotry,much like George wallace is seen as today!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 14, 2009 2:55:23 PM

  16. Of course everything he said is a proven falsity. Marriage is not a religious institution, but a state issued license and enforced contract. The federal government is not redefining what it is, as it's always meant whatever people have wanted it to mean. This guy seriously gets doucheburst of the week, every week. But he's the product of a broken home (his parents divorced when he was five), so using his logic, he's a broken bigoted bucket of puss because of his parent's terrible job raising him to be the husk of a man you see before you.

    But these spineless and ever more vocal and ostracized members of congress that represent an ever increasingly radical fringe of the electorate will slowly go away. He's helming the wheel of a "conservative" movement that has lost all touch with the meaning of conservatism. People like demint--who is against abortion even in cases of incest and rape--won't be u.s. senators in fifty to sixty years. He favors an american christian evangelical theocracy, and in his personal beliefs, is no different than the most radical mullah (the difference being that he doesn't have the full force of the government supporting his theocratic dictatorial views, and if america is to survive, never will). If ever there was an arch villain in the u.s. senate (to the rights of lgbt americans, non christians, and women, to inveighing against constructive environmental policy initiatives, to disagreeing with whatever HIS president says and the majority party wants for the sake of disagreement), it's jim demint. Jim Demint is the definition of the party of "no" (the only other member of the senate--with david "diaper john" vitter-- to vote against hillary clinton in her confirmation as secretary of state)--the republicants.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 14, 2009 3:04:14 PM

  17. To the marriage police, sexually phobic and flat earthers, please find another issue to focus on in the 21st century, because life's just to short Mr DeMint.

    Onward to equality,
    Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
    Washington, Connecticut, USA

    Posted by: Joe Mustich, JP | Dec 14, 2009 3:07:41 PM

  18. And now contract law 101........

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 14, 2009 3:07:43 PM

  19. This gasbag just needs to shut his hole. Another wince-inducing embarrassment for SC.

    Posted by: Chopsie | Dec 14, 2009 3:27:00 PM

  20. My religion is homosexuality. And my religion encourages man on man action, and man on man marriage (aka "same marriage"). So now Jim DeMint has to support it. It is, after all, my religious freedom.

    Also, fuck him.

    Posted by: Rich | Dec 14, 2009 4:09:32 PM

  21. Funny that he doesn't consider traipsing off to South America on the state's dime to spend time with your mistress to be immoral. Oh right. I forgot. It's not immoral when REPUBLICANS do it.

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 14, 2009 4:11:04 PM

  22. So I am not in or a part of "our" society, huh?


    Posted by: An American | Dec 14, 2009 4:24:50 PM

  23. Good thing this man and his mostly homophobic generation will be long dead by the time we get a gay president. They'll be spinning in their graves as America celebrates diversity.

    Posted by: KFLO | Dec 14, 2009 4:43:54 PM

  24. what?? why is he not in prison yet? the hate crimes law was supposed to "punish" god abiding christians like him

    Posted by: Henry | Dec 14, 2009 5:44:31 PM

  25. You know I'm tired of reading where some idiot politician or other fool goes on record to say I'm immoral. Its time gay Americans fight back, make some noise and if people are galled that we dare demand equality as tax paying citizens then I say they better get use to it. There is no going back in the closet for me. THE TIME IS NOW.

    Posted by: Jay in Atlanta | Dec 14, 2009 6:13:29 PM

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