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Watch: New RNC Chair Reince Priebus Promises NOM's Maggie Gallagher That He'll Keep Marriage from Gays


Reince Priebus tells Maggie Gallagher that marriage is a "gift from God" and the sanctity of marriage should be protected from gays. He also tells her believes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is important and that activist judges should not redefine marriage.

Priebus clucks about how he has kept opposite marriage in place in Wisconsin and says he'd be committed to that as RNC chair.


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  1. As a resident of Wisconsin, I'm actually a little hopeful about this. Every time Priebus leaves the state the average IQ goes up significantly. At least we'll be better-off here in Wisconsin.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jan 14, 2011 5:49:23 PM

  2. Mr Priebus, Maggie didn't think marriage was so important when she had her first child without a husband. So, you want to deny marriage equality to me? Please explain to me the threat to marriage posed by equality. I don't want to force an unwanted marriage on you, but you'd like to force me to marry a woman because your religious teaching says I should. I am in love with a man and we have been together for 7 years, longer than some heterosexual marriages.

    Posted by: mad1026 | Jan 14, 2011 5:56:35 PM

  3. Reince Priebus looks as gay as a picnic basket. I wouldn't be surprised if he's got a bit of history there - all secretive, of course.

    Posted by: mark | Jan 14, 2011 5:57:18 PM

  4. I don't think it's appropriate for the newly-elected Chair of the RNC to call the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution the "Comedy Clause". Can we please have a little maturity in our political discussions?

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 14, 2011 5:58:26 PM

  5. Great, more to revise in the history books by future GOPers.

    One day they'll deny this just like they downplay pursuing the 'southern strategy' today.

    In other words, more for them to run from later.

    Posted by: Wes | Jan 14, 2011 6:00:08 PM

  6. A legal status conferred by gov't is not a "gift from god." He seems to be confused about the difference between government and church.

    He was elected to be the head of a (dying) political group, not a Pope (head of a near dead religious group). Maybe there isn't much difference after all.

    Posted by: Does It Matter? | Jan 14, 2011 6:03:59 PM

  7. Church-and-state = no separation in the sick mind of this GOP Christianist ass wad. It ain't gonna happen on your watch, Prebby baby.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 14, 2011 6:14:30 PM

  8. Again, where are the GOP Gay commenters from towleroad? Rat?

    Posted by: Rowan | Jan 14, 2011 6:16:31 PM

  9. i don't suppose we can put crosshairs on them and say we are going to target them out of office?

    just saying

    Posted by: George | Jan 14, 2011 6:22:15 PM

  10. smarter Repubs (think Meghan McCain) know that anti-gay policies like the ones this clown supports are seen by young people as ridiculous and indefensible. so welcome aboard the sinking ship Reince, so happy to have you there.

    Posted by: ant | Jan 14, 2011 6:24:12 PM

  11. well to the members of lco and goproud your party has once again told you what they thought of you. the head of the repuks will work to keep you from obtaining your rights. how much longer will you hold out that they will change, because it ain't gonna happen. to all LGBT repuks time to wake up and realize they don't want you won't listen to you and wish you were dead.

    Posted by: walter | Jan 14, 2011 6:28:13 PM

  12. He's creepy looking!

    Posted by: chessy | Jan 14, 2011 6:32:45 PM

  13. Congrats Captain Priebus, here is your ship, the Titanic. Best of luck.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jan 14, 2011 6:50:51 PM

  14. I can't wait to hear how the Uncle Tom's Log Cabinettes and the GOPoof apologists will try to rationalize this one away.

    Posted by: Wilkby | Jan 14, 2011 6:53:51 PM

  15. Today's Scripture:
    Hamlet Act 3, scene 2, 222–230

    This queen doth protest too much.

    Posted by: Rich Murray | Jan 14, 2011 7:00:30 PM

  16. What was so bad about the Negroe they kicked out...This guy is scary...

    Posted by: christo67 | Jan 14, 2011 7:07:42 PM

  17. Whatever! Like we should expect any different?

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 14, 2011 7:22:58 PM

  18. LCR and GOProud must be so...Proud!!

    Posted by: r | Jan 14, 2011 7:24:23 PM

  19. He wants to protect the sanctity of marriage? What a joke - there is no sanctity in marriage. Most marriage is a result of baby-on-the-way and those are doomed from the start. A significant number are from gays hiding who they are and, they too, are doomed. The few marriages that a made of love and filled with fights, abuse and adultery that also are doomed. Ain't but a few lasting marriages so sanctity there is not. Gay marriages are far more successful when allowed and it would seem that everyone would love to have some successful relationships to improve the sanctity. Gay-haters need to concentrate on fixing their own issues and stay the hell out of ours.

    Posted by: Pointed | Jan 14, 2011 7:31:48 PM

  20. I think we can now officially retire the idiotic myth--one perpetrated by the delusional folks in the LCR's and GOProud--that the Republican party is becoming more tolerant and/or libertarian on marriage equality and other gay issues. This is the new face of the Republican party, which is the same as the old face (except they're returning to their white roots), and it's no accident that Maggie's NOM snout is in the video.

    He also demonstrates a, not surprisingly, complete lack of knowledge of what civil marriage means. One thing for certain, it is not a "gift from God."

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 14, 2011 7:32:51 PM

  21. Ummmm, gosh, uh, so the Republican party is really going to pander to the cheapest seats out there - NOM and Gallagher are not even taken seriously by none but the most stupid - and this guy takes over the failing RNC - which is in serious financial trouble - and thinks the way to instill confidence and reassure Republicans is to be seen with Gallagher -- did the Westboro Baptist Church refuse to be on-camera with him? Gallagher?

    Nonetheless, it is somehow refreshing to see Republicans being Republicans - stupid.

    Posted by: ricky | Jan 14, 2011 7:53:30 PM

  22. If marriage is a "gift from God" it shoudn't need to be protected. Unless God gives shitty gifts.

    Posted by: Kevin B | Jan 14, 2011 8:00:38 PM

  23. just a reminder--

    the chairman of the dem party and the president agree with him :)

    Posted by: tacotaco | Jan 14, 2011 8:22:28 PM

  24. One look at him and my gaydar went to DEFCON-1.

    Posted by: Bud Burgoon-Clark | Jan 14, 2011 8:23:20 PM

  25. Well, at least it's official - the GOP is the party of bigotry and hate. No room for Equal Rights.

    Posted by: Tre | Jan 14, 2011 8:26:54 PM

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