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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. Per Webster's Dictionary:

    civil rights
    plural noun ( often initial capital letters )
    1. rights to personal liberty established by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. constitution and certain Congressional acts, especially as applied to an individual or a minority group.

    the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc. Antonyms: separation.

    b. a similar institution involving partners of the same gender: gay marriage. Antonyms: separation.

    The defination is clearly stated and in place...nothing is being RE-DEFINED

    Posted by: Jack | May 14, 2012 3:50:59 PM

  2. Actually, it is interesting to see what John Stewart had to say a few nights ago about the origins of the word and action of —"marriage"—as a concept generally accepted for the past 200 years; something about chattel and property, I think… totally "contractual" and nothing "sexual", god forbid…

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | May 14, 2012 5:18:30 PM

  3. where's the vocal criticism of this from the gay republicans? are they still so busy complaining about Obama supporting their right to marry that they've forgotten that, uh, their own people don't support it?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 14, 2012 5:26:58 PM

  4. He looks gay as a birthday tablecloth to me.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | May 15, 2012 12:25:31 AM

  5. @Randal Oulton, a soiled one.

    Posted by: Oliver | May 15, 2012 1:47:40 AM

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