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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. His opinion that states should not have the ability to perform and/or recognize marriages carries no weight. He's more than a bit late to the hate party, given that we now have a handful of states where it is legal and tens of thousands of married same-sex couples. Politicians like De Mint keep trying to score political points and donor dollars by continuing to pretend that gay marriage can be stopped altogether or even reversed, when the reality is it will be around for the rest of their lives.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Dec 14, 2009 6:31:17 PM

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    Posted by: C. David Parsons | Dec 14, 2009 6:42:41 PM

  3. If marriage is only a religious institution and should not be redefined by the government, than the government (state and local) should not manage it with the use of marriage licenses.

    Posted by: VoiceofReason | Dec 14, 2009 6:49:13 PM

  4. There are hundreds of religions who's definition of Marriage includes same sex. So no one is changing anything.

    Posted by: thomasAlex | Dec 14, 2009 7:09:25 PM

  5. Jim DeMint is bothersome to me personally, because he is a dick. Err, no offense to actual dicks, as I am quite fond of them.

    Posted by: A Random Claire | Dec 14, 2009 7:18:06 PM

  6. Massachusetts has a better society than South Carolina.

    Posted by: John | Dec 14, 2009 7:40:26 PM

  7. Perhaps he should focus his comments towards the Governor of the state for which he is a senator. Mark Sanford leaving the country to sleep with his mistress. That's not "immoral" according to your religion? They're getting divorced. That's not immoral? Where is the outrage there? How are they NOT being destructive to society? Please answer these questions.

    Posted by: Jon Brock | Dec 14, 2009 10:08:22 PM

  8. When are these "marriage is religious" folks going to go after all the married athiests?

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 14, 2009 11:07:44 PM

  9. I mean, think of it this way... Massachusetts has had gay marriage longer than any other state and well, NOTHING HAS CHANGED. Not one bit... Like, really nothing. So destructive to society? I think not. If anything else, it makes things more boring.

    Posted by: Tony | Dec 15, 2009 12:03:43 AM

  10. Will the last GLBT person refering to themselves as republican, please, as you leave the building, turn off the lights.

    Posted by: david in iowa | Dec 15, 2009 12:29:48 AM

  11. To Jay in Atlanta, I've been saying that all long. Until WE as a community take to the streets and make some noise we'll NEVER get anything done. No rights have ever been attained by giving dinner parties and dances. You have to FIGHT. That is what the straights count on we don't fight back. Fight back and hard.

    Posted by: Loren M | Dec 15, 2009 6:41:50 AM

  12. I thought this was America? Who are you to tell them that what they are doing is wrong? Be it a religious or government institution, shouldn't people be able to make their own choices? I still don't see how being gay is immoral. That's no different than gay people telling you heterosexuality is immoral. People ran away from Great Britain to come here because of shit like this.

    I can't wait until we again live in a society where we can have our own fucking thoughts.

    Posted by: Richard | Dec 15, 2009 8:24:28 AM

  13. This guy needs to be sent packing, He's got opposition in a Dem named Chad McGowan. He needs support in order to get rid of Duh-mint.

    Posted by: aaron burr | Dec 15, 2009 9:40:08 AM

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

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

    Do we really want to admit to James Buchanan? He was a terrible President.

    Posted by: Hank | Dec 15, 2009 9:42:56 AM

  15. Just reading the quote, I thought about which 'behavior' he was referring to: war? domestic violence? tax evasion? adultery? lack of healthcare? obesity? pollution?

    Posted by: hugo | Dec 15, 2009 5:15:30 PM


    Why not send Senator Demented some christmas cheer?


    Posted by: Brad | Dec 15, 2009 9:07:18 PM

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