‘Someday’ We’ll Know if Tom Vilsack Supports Marriage Equality for All

Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack won't say if he backs marriage equality nationwide, Politico reports:

Vilsack"I don't know what that's got to do with the Secretary of Agriculture," Vilsack told POLITICO. The USDA chief said the question of gay marriage was a distraction to the issues that farmers, ranchers and rural Americans faced.

"I will be happy to answer that question someday," he said. "That day is not today."

Vilsack does think that it was right for the judges he appointed to approve it in Iowa:

"I appointed the judges — most of the judges — that made that decision. I think it was a good decision."

But perhaps Vilsack just doesn't want to get a step ahead of his boss.


  1. TampaZeke says

    “…gay marriage was a distraction to the issues that farmers, ranchers and rural Americans faced.”

    I wonder if he asked gay farmers, gay ranchers and rural gay Americans their opinion on that.

  2. says

    There’s another reason, Andy. Vilsack may be treading lightly because his wife is running against Steve King for Congress, and gay people everywhere should do everything they can to get King, one of the MOST homophobic members of Congress, out. The Des Moines Register has called him an embarrassment to the state.

  3. RyanInSacto says

    To be fair, it is kind of out of the purview of the US Department of Agriculture. Even a gay farmer – and I’m not one, though I am the gay son of a farmer – would be hard-pressed to explain how Tom Vilsack could affect marriage policy. It’s kind of like asking him about his stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  4. Brian says

    Did the reporters ask him also about the Plan B over-the-counter issue? Because I bet farmers have lots of daughters. Or how about the recent findings about the Higgs boson? There are lots of Higgs bosons on farms. Jeez.

  5. redpineWI says

    Vilsack has provided strong leadership within the Dept. of Agriculture to create a welcoming workplace for GLBT employees. If the reporter had done proper research, s/he would have asked him about this initiate rather than about something over which he has no influence.

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