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Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman, and John McCain Sound Off on Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO


Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham appeared were interviewed by Piers Morgan last night about the right of gay people to marry.

After comparing same-sex marriage to polygamy, Graham compared the marriage equality debate to the civil war:

Can — can I suggest this? Slavery was outlawed by a Constitutional amendment. Go watch “Lincoln,” a great movie. The people decided. The question for us is who should decide these things? Should it be a handful of judges or should it be the people themselves? And I come out on the side of the people themselves. Different people will look at it differently. But slavery was outlawed by a Constitutional amendment. If you want to propose a Constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage and it passes, that’s the law of the land.


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  1. Did Graham actually watch Lincoln? In the movie I saw, a small group of leaders decided what the right policy was and forced it through at great cost. They did so against the will of "the people" (as represented with almost heavy-handed obviousness by a couple of visiting constituents in one of the movie's first scenes) and are portrayed as heroes for it.

    Posted by: SMC | Dec 12, 2012 1:13:33 PM

  2. I wonder if John McCain would be ok with the people passing a referendum that divorced people can only have civil unions or domestic partnerships subsequent to their divorce(s)? Me thinks the man who got a marriage license for wife #2 before his divorce was finalized with wife #1 would not be happy.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Dec 12, 2012 1:29:16 PM

  3. Let the people decide!" Yea..if that were the case interracial marriage would still be banned in parts of the deep South. I am sooo sick of people bringing up polygamy. SS marriage has been legal in Europe and Canada for years..where are all of the people clamoring for polygamous marriages there? Lindsey is the personification of internal homophobia.

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Dec 12, 2012 1:42:58 PM

  4. Straight marriage isn't even a Constitutional "right." Why does same sex marriage have to be?

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 12, 2012 2:54:54 PM

  5. What a coincidence. I just watched the film Staircase featuring Richard Burton and Miss Graham.

    Posted by: melvin | Dec 12, 2012 3:16:55 PM

  6. The difference of course is that slavery was made legal by the Constitution and therefore an Amendment to that Constitution was required to make it illegal. You'd think a Senator would know that.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Dec 12, 2012 3:54:28 PM

  7. We can bash these Senators all we'd like, I do occasionally as well. However, we have to admire the change in these legislative bodies over the last ten years. Prior, I'd find it hard to locate a single Senator who would side with gay couples on this issue. DOMA, passed with nearly unanimous support in the Senate in '96. Lieberman retires in January, rest assured, his successor Chris Murphy is our ally in the Senate. Soon, the same will be said of McCain and his successor. It's becoming increasingly difficult to be on their side of this argument. :D

    Posted by: Justin | Dec 12, 2012 4:23:52 PM

  8. More history... Even after slavery ended, it took a combination of people and all three branches of government to bring civil rights to African Americans.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 12, 2012 4:59:35 PM

  9. Senator Liberman has been a very good friend of gay Americans during his political career in the Senate. Thank you Joe!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 12, 2012 6:37:20 PM

  10. Look at those three old white guys and try to pick out which one is the f*g, which one graduated dead LAST in his Naval Academy class and crashed a lot of planes and which one is an old Jew who doesn't know left from right.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 12, 2012 9:16:45 PM

  11. Lindsey Graham overlooks a key component re: the slavery issue. When slavery was abolished in the 1860s, public opinion did not support that outlook. The majority of Americans did NOT support abolishing slavery. Kinda puts a big ol' hole in your argument.

    Posted by: Mike G | Dec 12, 2012 11:02:33 PM

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