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RNC Chair Reince Priebus Says Gay Marriage Not a Civil Rights Issue: VIDEO


RNC Chair Reince Priebus told David Gregory on Meet the Press yesterday how he felt Obama's gay marriage endorsement would affect the election:

I’m not sure if it’s going to be a defining issue, but clearly for people in America – where gay marriage is their number one issue, we clearly have two candidates with two different views. On one hand, you’ve got Barack Obama who is now, I guess, going to promote and perhaps crusade for this issue. And you have Mitt Romney who’s been consistent and I think in line with most Americans – which is that marriage ought to be defined between one man and one woman. So, for those people that this is their issue, they have a clear choice.

Asked if he believes it's a civil rights issue:

“I don’t think it’s a matter of civil rights. I think it’s just a matter of whether or not we’re going to adhere to something that’s been historical and religious and legal in this country for many, many years. I mean, marriage has to have a definition. And we just happen to believe it’s between a man and a woman,” Priebus said NBC’s "Meet The Press."

“I think there’s a big difference between people that have been murdered and everything that has come with Jim Crow than marriage between a man and a man and a woman and a woman,” he said.

Priebus also said he'd like to see a federal marriage amendment:

“People in this country, no matter straight or gay, deserve dignity and respect. However, that doesn’t mean it carries on to marriage."

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. In other news today, water is wet...

    Posted by: jsb | May 14, 2012 9:50:24 AM

  2. Gee, I guess the RNC Chair didn't get that leaked memo about how the Republican party needs to evolve quickly on lgbt issues. Quelle surprise! In the real Republican party, it's still 1956 and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

    In better news, when his RNC job is done, Mr. Priebus would make a highly convincing garden gnome.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 14, 2012 9:56:18 AM

  3. Miss Reinceanna is nastyfolk.

    Plenty of gayfolk have been murdered because they are gay--their stories are on this site every sad week that comes.

    Posted by: Tamika | May 14, 2012 9:58:03 AM

  4. He's suprisingly less hateful than you would expect the RNC Chair to be when talking about the Gay issue. I miss that dumb black guy they had.

    Posted by: Andrew | May 14, 2012 10:08:50 AM

  5. I'm Rancid Pubis and I approve this message.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 14, 2012 10:09:09 AM

  6. i think equality under the law is a civil rights issue.

    Posted by: nico | May 14, 2012 10:12:05 AM

  7. I think this guy is the first person I've even seen with the name Reince. Skipping tried and true names that have been around for hundreds of years, John, Mark, Gabriel.... Names that come from the Bible like god intended. I don't hold with this new naming your kids whatever pretend word pops into your head. Let's vote. No person with the name Rience should have rights.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | May 14, 2012 10:19:31 AM

  8. Well, this right here is why intelligent minds don't actually respect Republicans, and Republican voters. The willful refusal to be intellectually honest. Nothing that this man said made any sort of intellectual sense, whatsoever. Republicans like to pretend that facts are just opinions, and that their opinions are actually facts.

    His stance exists to satisfy the GOP base, which is to say to satisfy the braindead plebeian scumbag bigots of America. You know, the Unfortunates of the country - the people so pathetic that they need to have a finger pointed at an "enemy" in order to feel "good" about themselves.

    Conservatives love to talk about "the definition of marriage' yet don't love to intelligently and explicitly explain their position, or defend it with rational logic.

    so, yeah. that's why every intelligent discerning mind takes issue with Republicans. because your pathetic b.s. excuses are a flagrant dismissal of honesty, truth, rationale, logic and facts.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 14, 2012 10:28:20 AM

  9. "He's suprisingly less hateful than you would expect the RNC Chair to be when talking about the Gay issue."

    Less hateful? Really? While at the same time he trivializes gay issues, he also says he, like Mittens, would like a federal constitutional amendment to strip away the legal marriages of same-sex couples and forever prohibit the possibility of equality. (While giving a Mother's Day shout out to his wife at the end--how touching.) Maybe you were just seduced by his bedroom eyes?

    Posted by: Ernie | May 14, 2012 10:31:20 AM

  10. ANOTHER apparent closeted Republican self-hater?

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | May 14, 2012 10:41:50 AM

  11. I'm gonna guess that "the Press" he was "Meeting" didn't ask him why the GOP refuses to support civil unions, even though a majority of Republican voters now support them.

    Posted by: BobN | May 14, 2012 10:47:17 AM

  12. Well, let's take his word for it. Gay marriage is not a civil rights issue. Let's reframe it as a civil contracts issue. That's how state laws define marriage: as a civil contract between two persons.

    So what other contracts are limited to people of opposite gender? Mortgages? Nope. Business partnerships? Nope. Remodeling the kitchen? Nope. Credit card agreements? Nope. Automobile sales and loans? Nope. In every other area of contracting, two persons of the same gender can enter into a civil contract.

    Why, then, should the civil contract of marriage be limited only to persons of the opposite gender?

    Posted by: james | May 14, 2012 10:50:30 AM

  13. Oh, yes, dignity and respect have nothing to do with marriage....

    Posted by: Jack M | May 14, 2012 10:59:32 AM

  14. Historical and religious union of one man and one woman...really? Maybe Mr. Priebus should check out Romney's family history...his great, great grandfather had 12 wives. Ohppp!!

    And Mr. Priebus, is that marriage between one man and one woman forever, or until divorce?

    This guy is a mouthpiece...and not a very good one.

    Posted by: Bart | May 14, 2012 11:17:04 AM

  15. JAMES - Great example!

    Posted by: TJ | May 14, 2012 11:17:06 AM

  16. As for Reince, my partner opined that his name sounds like a disease of horse genitalia.

    I'm with MICHEALANDFRED. Limit rights to people with names that sound like diseases of horse genitala.

    Posted by: TJ | May 14, 2012 11:20:00 AM

  17. All sexual relations, according to Genesis, are predicated by incest. The Buybull tells us so.

    Posted by: candideinncc | May 14, 2012 11:32:27 AM

  18. Hate the bigotry, not the Republican.

    Posted by: Christian Patriot | May 14, 2012 12:23:38 PM

  19. Until the Republican party gives up their historic bigotry then your statement makes no sense "Christian Patriot"

    the GOP of today is nothing more than the go-to party for every piece of s**t bigot in America.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 14, 2012 12:26:06 PM

  20. "Hate the bigotry, not the Republican"

    Who? Lincoln Chafee? Olympia Snow? Susan Collins? That's about it.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 14, 2012 12:31:16 PM

  21. Please put an end to the "redefinition of marriage" whenever you get a chance. It is utter nonsense.

    Women did not win the right to vote until 1920. That did not change the definition of "voting" or "elections".

    Posted by: melvin | May 14, 2012 12:48:32 PM

  22. He isn't less hateful. Just more polite about it

    Posted by: Steve | May 14, 2012 1:07:34 PM

  23. Surprisingly he does get more than softball push back from rich republican David Gregory.

    Posted by: ggreen | May 14, 2012 1:29:50 PM

  24. These deniers need to pull their heads out of their butts (or stop lying) about the right to marry not being a civil right. Marriage laws are by definition civil laws. And the Supreme Court, in ruling that bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional, stated that the freedom to marry was a civil right.

    Posted by: David | May 14, 2012 2:54:22 PM

  25. Reince Priebus?
    Jeez, sounds like a Syndrome!
    Reince Priebus Syndrome.
    Twenty five years from now that's what they'll call someone who suffered from homophobia "back in the day".

    Posted by: Oliver | May 14, 2012 3:40:50 PM

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