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RNC Chair Michael Steele: If Prop 8 is Struck Down, the GOP Will Form 'Strong Front Line' to Stop Same-Sex Marriage


The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) posted a lengthy interview with Republican Party chair Michael Steele about his personal philosophies and the party's strategy for fighting same-sex marriage over the next two years.

Steele, who insists banning same-sex marriage around the country is not something that's "anti-gay", says the GOP will work hard at the state level to stop same-sex marriage initiatives [my transcript]:

"For us, going forward, we'll look to the leadership in Washington for any legislative or federal efforts to address the issue of marriage, between man and woman, traditional marriage. But also especially at the state level where I think the battle is really going to be fought over the next couple years, and we want to be in partnership through our state party organizations working with state legislative leadership to stand firmly and squarely behind the defense of marriage.

NOM's Frank Cannon asks Steel, "If the federal courts were to strike down the California law and discover a federal right to gay marriage, in essence, would you fully stand behind the Republican platform's call for federal marriage amendment?"

[my transcript]

Says Steele: "Oh, absolutely. Without hesitation or doubt. In fact we would partner with our leadership in the House and our governors and leadership in the state legislatures to create a very very strong front line if you will, on that issue. I can't again stress how important that is for how we will lead as a people, and how we will see ourselves as a nation. And again, that is not to the exclusion of anyone, it's not anti- anyone, or any group. It's just so fundamental and foundational, I think it needs to be protected."

Watch the full interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The word delusional is the only explanation I can come up with for the explanation that banning gay marriage is somehow not anti-gay. Once again the GOP continues to demonstrate that when it comes to gay rights, their heads are up their asses

    Posted by: Sean | Dec 31, 2010 8:26:51 AM

  2. Personally, I believe there are probably already enough states where the legislatures would reject a federal anti-same sex marriage constitutional amendment.

    Posted by: Hunter | Dec 31, 2010 8:28:30 AM

  3. I'd really love this dipshit to explain how same-sex marriage in Massachusetts (for the past 5 years) has destroyed traditional marriage for everyone else? How are straight people being injured? -- Of course banning same-sex marriage is anti-gay. Just like banning interracial marriage was racist.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Dec 31, 2010 8:49:52 AM

  4. Sounds like someone is trying desperately to hold onto their job. The Rethugs are just fresh out of ideas, it’s all "dog whistle" bullshit 24/7.

    Posted by: ichabod | Dec 31, 2010 8:53:34 AM

  5. It really doesn't matter what this unimportant ass-hat says. It may take 2 years, it may take 20, but eventually there will be a law which lets gay people get married. And life will go on and stubborn bigots like Steele will simply get over it.

    Posted by: johnny | Dec 31, 2010 8:54:09 AM

  6. Oh I just LOVE this!!! Where are all those GOproud apologists from yesterday who said us liberals were soooooo mean??

    You're party keeps in telling you the hate gays and you hate on US because we hate them????


    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 31, 2010 9:00:41 AM

  7. This is actually good news.

    The younger generation already believe (by a large majority) that LGBT people deserve equality.

    By trying to curry favour with the crazy lunatics of the religious right, Steele is effectively damaging the Republicans. Young people will not the Republican party if they are the party of extremisy bigots.

    Posted by: David | Dec 31, 2010 9:04:14 AM

  8. Michael Steele, RNC, NOM, CWA, et al are fundamentally and foundationally exclusionary and anti any group with which they have the slightest disagreement. This is evidenced by their stance against any and all GLBT civil rights issues and the issue of immigration/minorities. Since Steele thinks otherwise, he indeed is one of the biggest fools of 2010 and deserves to be re-elected RNC chairman. Repugs, with extremely few exceptions, do not extend the hand of friendship or assistance to GLBTs. This hateful homophobic party is to be closely watched and monitored, especially with their increased power in the 2011-12 Congress. Repugs are NOT to be trusted as far as our community is concerned.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 31, 2010 9:07:29 AM

  9. Another Black person who has sold out and has become the RNC's whipping post.

    Posted by: the happy Misanthrope | Dec 31, 2010 9:14:46 AM

  10. Can't wait for Pepa to chime in again, telling us how the Democrats are somehow worse for the gays than the Republicans.

    Posted by: Zach | Dec 31, 2010 9:20:00 AM

  11. Front line, perhaps. Strong, not so much. It's a losing battle and they know it.

    Posted by: Max | Dec 31, 2010 9:20:12 AM

  12. If you are a Repug and being interviewed by a niche group that happens to be against Marriage Equality, won't you say what they want to hear? Maggie, would you buy a car from Steele?

    Trust me, we're going to see a few more Scott Browns in the next few years. It's not going to be easy to push this issue when the national numbers for LGBT issues keep growing in the plus column.

    Posted by: Dale8 | Dec 31, 2010 9:35:25 AM

  13. You say that DALE8 and I hope you say the same thing when Obama publicly says that he supports across the state civil unions-is evolving with marriage because heck, you are possibly the most rightwing country in the western world.

    But somehow I think you like to make excuses for the GOP but you won't even do that for a president who has been the most supportive of gays issues, like ever nd who previously supported gay marriage but obviously had to change his tune when he had to run for presidency.

    Furthermore, the black vote which really pushed for Obama, are historically socially conservative and religious.

    You already know this because you right wingers always do.

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 31, 2010 9:57:24 AM

  14. Anti-Gay Vipers and the Outsider Archetype

    People who identify with the LGBT community live in the shadow of the outsider archetype, whether they are or not aware of it. Even in communities where their survival is not immediately threatened from the outside.

    However, the possibility of a life-threatening change remains ever-present. The treacherous activities of the religious right. Political censors. Gay basher who are penetrating the heart of metropolitan gay communities. Medical professions, which continue to foist drugs known to be toxic such as AZT and DDI to HIV positive people. Cure-happy psychologist.

    All of these figures confirm the need to be wary of anti-gay vipers and their numerous forms. Such narcissism and treachery only draws out the worst in people.

    I’m Layla Miller, I Know Stuff

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Dec 31, 2010 11:45:40 AM

  15. The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law is an idiomatic antithesis. When one obeys the letter of the law but not the spirit, one is obeying the literal interpretation of the words (the "letter") of the law, but not the intent of those who wrote the law. Conversely, when one obeys the spirit of the law but not the letter, one is doing what the authors of the law intended, though not adhering to the literal wording.

    "Law" originally referred to legislative statute, but in the idiom may refer to any kind of rule. Intentionally following the letter of the law but not the spirit may be accomplished through exploiting technicalities, loopholes, and ambiguous language. Following the letter of the law but not the spirit is also a tactic used by oppressive governments.

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Dec 31, 2010 11:47:11 AM

  16. This is the answer to Obama's prayers. The more the republicans seem preoccupied with being on the wrong side of social issues, and less concerned about solving economic problems, the easier it will be for people to reject them.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 31, 2010 12:05:59 PM

  17. Meh. The constitutional amendment won't pass. They tried that three times already, and even with Republican majorities in both houses of Congress and Donkey Kong Bush in the White House, it failed handily.

    Posted by: Justin | Dec 31, 2010 12:07:14 PM

  18. If it affects gays in a negative way, it's anti- gay. End of story.

    Posted by: ophu | Dec 31, 2010 12:29:23 PM

  19. "But also especially at the state level where I think the battle is really going to be fought over the next couple years...."

    The Battle?? So he wants to fight in order to insure that our families and children suffer needlessly (and often traumatically) when rights and protections are denied?

    That's enough to make him a target. Out of a need for self-defense, we should be TARGETING people like Steele in order to protect our family from the harm he believes we should endure. He needs to go, just like all of those in public office who want to target and hurt our families.

    Posted by: Queer Equality Revolution | Dec 31, 2010 1:03:42 PM

  20. hey mike at one time a lot of, actually many people believed segregation should be protected. where you be now if values had not changed? you sure wouldn't be wasting repuk money on stupid things. goproud and lcr should look as these statements and wonder how they can defend the repuks, who seriously hate gay people.

    Posted by: walter | Dec 31, 2010 1:17:14 PM

  21. Steele is clearly trying to build support to hold on to his job, which is all but gone come the new year. He may be one of the few people who does not only get the boot, I doubt he'll even get a corporate sweet job for all his trouble.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Dec 31, 2010 2:08:55 PM

  22. It says something, I suppose, about how far we've come that the won't even be honest about his position.

    They're not out to prevent gay marriage, they're out to prevent any legal recognition of gay relationships in ANY form.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 31, 2010 2:31:47 PM

  23. Shouldn't this be titled, "Uncle Tom on Marriage?"

    Must be sad to know you are merely the GOP's window-dressing "answer" to Barak Obama.

    Posted by: mike | Dec 31, 2010 3:59:27 PM

  24. This is a bunch of crap! It was the republicans in California that force gay marriage thru the fake CA supremss ruling. It was the Terminator at the gay log cabin reps convention in SD then immediately there was the CA supremes republicans that voted to bypass the state constitution definition of words at the time of it's writing without an ammendment. The whole gay marriage case and the 2 last elections was unnecessary so the feds are ruling on a fake CA supremes ruling. Screw these republicans and join the constitution/AIP (some confusion in CA about these 2 parties but they are the same). Why did the republican senator go with the Don't ask Don't Tell??????? You reps are full of crap!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: gunshowsigns | Dec 31, 2010 4:01:59 PM

  25. "Oh I just LOVE this!!! "

    You libs are one miserable bunch, even more nuttier than GOProud.

    You LOVE being told that you do not deserve to get married?

    LOL. Oh that's right... gay liberals believe in open relationships, promiscuity etc. NOT marriage.

    Gay liberals do not want marriage, they want acceptance of an irresponsible lifestyle (regardless of sexual orientation).

    There will come a time when liberal philosophy will need to be reconciled with the belief in marriage, as the two are on opposing ends.

    Posted by: pepa | Dec 31, 2010 5:05:32 PM

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