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Don Lemon Blasts Anti-Gay Activist Over Gay Marriage, Calls His Assertions 'Absurd': VIDEO


Don Lemon clashed with Heritage Foundation Scholar Ryan Anderson over same-sex marriage on Monday, Mediaite reports:

“Just to clarify, the issue here is not legality,” Anderson began, “so, in all 50 states, there is nothing illegal about same-sex marriage.”

“Hang on,” Lemon interjected. “You said same-sex marriage is not – is not illegal?”

“When something is illegal, it’s criminal to engage in that activity,” Anderson clarified.

The two engaged in crosstalk before Lemon insisted that, as the anchor of his program, he can interrupt any guest as often as he likes. “It is illegal – gay people don’t have the same rights,” Lemon insisted.

“It’s not illegal,” Anderson countered. “When something is illegal you can go to jail for doing it.”

The crosstalk was reignited when Anderson accused Lemon of using “the wrong terminology” to describe what is at issue before the Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage.

“You can’t go to jail for committing a same-sex marriage,” Anderson added.

“Finish your point, as absurd as it is,” said Lemon, throwing up his hands.

Watch the exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I think Ryan may have mistaken CNN for Fox News

    Posted by: Jose | Mar 26, 2013 10:16:35 AM

  2. I'm glad to know that I won't go to jail when the IRS comes after me and my husband for having filed joint tax returns for the last 5 years, and I refuse to pay the $100,000 they think I owe.

    Posted by: BABH | Mar 26, 2013 10:17:50 AM

  3. This is what passes as clever in the conservative world vision.

    My thirty seconds before the Supreme Court would be all about Scalia, he must recuse himself on the grounds of bias.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 26, 2013 10:25:53 AM

  4. Wow, why are the "conservatives" so bone headed?

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Mar 26, 2013 10:28:30 AM

  5. Tool!

    Posted by: Richard | Mar 26, 2013 10:30:32 AM

  6. These people love dictionary definitions so much, but this @sshat needs to consult one. "Illegal" means contrary to or forbidden by law. It is not exclusive to the criminal context.

    If a gay couple goes to their local marriage bureau and the clerk issues them a marriage license, in 41 states the behavior of these parties would be contrary to or forbidden by law. In other words, ILLEGAL. And while the gay couple would not be thrown in jail (most likely), the clerk would absolutely be subject to some sort of sanction. Per the LAW OF THE STATE and her duty to abide by it.


    Posted by: Lars | Mar 26, 2013 10:32:07 AM

  7. *facepalm*

    well that was a fail. Oh, Lemon, how I want you. You perfect.

    this is like the "we're not having an anti-gay rally, we're having a Protect Heterosexuals rally!"

    i guess my question is this: is Ryan Anderson REALLY that dense or is he pretending to be in the hopes that if any of "his kind" are watching the program their peabrains will be unable to process it and go "das right! if you don' go to jail it's not a crime!"


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 26, 2013 10:49:15 AM

  8. Sounds like desperation to me.

    Gay marriage is criminal in states that ban it. In Wyoming, for instance, it is a misdemeanor carrying a $500 fine for a county clerk to issue a same-sex marriage license or for anyone EVEN CLERGY to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony. In other words, the state criminalizes a purely religious ceremony even if performed without a license and with no civil effect.

    Posted by: John | Mar 26, 2013 10:50:02 AM

  9. As usual, trying to muddy the issue up and confuse people with outright lying. Thank God Don Lemon and John Sutter looked like the informed grownups in the room.

    Dear GOP and Religious Right- keep doing what you're doing- it's working great for ya.

    Posted by: Brent | Mar 26, 2013 10:55:45 AM

  10. Parking in a metered space after the allotted time expires is illegal too. You don't go to jail, but there are repercussions.

    Marriage has gatekeepers. Gay marriage is illegal in the sense that in most states you aren't permitted in the door if you don't have the right combination of genitalia. And if you do initiate a same-sex marriage in a state that allows, then travel to a state where it is not permitted, and try to exert your rights as a married person/couple, there will be blow-back there too...

    This Ryan kid sounded like a 6th grade who just got his first dictionary. The way he was clinging to that definition of illegal, I think he knows how absolutely false his overall argument was...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Mar 26, 2013 11:03:49 AM

  11. What a disingenuous, lying idiot.

    He's just trying to create confusion, give conservative low-information voters (aka most of them) another bumper-sticker quote they can trot out instead of giving actual thought to an issue and understanding it. They're like jukeboxes of them; bring up any topic and you're likely to get some Fox News or Rush Limbaugh one-liner parroted back at you as if it's meaningful and covers the whole issue.

    Or maybe he's just a f*cking idiot.

    Same-sex marriage may not be CRIMINAL, but in most of the country it is indeed ILLEGAL, literally against the law.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 26, 2013 11:04:40 AM

  12. well, that was painful. is that really the best a multi-million dollar right wing think tank can provide for making public statements? did the guy even crack a news journal or do any research at all?

    it seems to me that he went to conservapedia, grabbed a few talking points and BOOM! that's what he gave us & don lemon.

    the other guy didn't have to do anything since young ryan just kept digging his hole deeper & deeper.

    Posted by: alguien | Mar 26, 2013 11:33:14 AM

  13. The only way this anti-gay marriage activist could look any more gay is if he stapled a picture of Liberace to his forehead.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 26, 2013 11:40:23 AM

  14. This is similar to the stupid claim that same sex partners can marry - they are free to marry someone of the opposite sex. Ryan just looks like another closet case to me.

    Posted by: John Freeman | Mar 26, 2013 11:41:07 AM

  15. I watched this and, damn it all, I wanted to smash Ryan Anderson's face in forty different ways. There goes my resolution to be nice to white-trash, pseudo-intellectual, Heritage Foundation low-lives. Oh well.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 26, 2013 12:24:09 PM

  16. Lars is correct. State laws control what state and county officials do. The government agency issuing marriage licenses can only issue licenses to persons who are qualified under state law to be married. If the law says you must be 18 to marry and you are not 18, you will not get a license.

    In my state, a county clerk is specifically prohibited from issuing a license to parties who appear to be inebriated, because that condition raises questions about capacity to give consent to the marriage. But if the clerk issues the license anyway, the couple can proceed with the marriage. It might come up later during the divorce or annulment proceedings.

    In a state where marriage is limited to one man-one woman, it is not illegal for a same-sex couple to apply for a license. It is illegal for the license to be issued.

    With regard to restrictions on clergy, unless there is a marriage license, the ceremony does not solemnize a marriage. It blesses the non-marriage relationship. The state cannot prevent a clergyperson from offering a blessing that has only a spiritual but no legal effect

    Posted by: revchicoucc | Mar 26, 2013 12:24:16 PM

  17. I love the CNN guy who was not Don Lemon's smug look lol. Said so much without saying anything.

    Posted by: JP | Mar 26, 2013 12:34:23 PM

  18. When are they going to stop talking about children? Marriage is not for the purposes of procreation. Procreation can occur outside of marriage. There is not procreation requirement for straight couples to get married. MARRIAGE IS NOT ABOUT PROCREATION! AAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!

    Posted by: Mona | Mar 26, 2013 1:44:13 PM

  19. I can't tell if Ryan Anderson is a smarmy closet case or a smarmy "legacy admissions" frat boy who used his parent's connections to get away with date-raping co-eds.....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 26, 2013 1:48:54 PM

  20. Never let them get away with this "redefinition" business. Extending the vote to women did not "redefine" voting.

    Posted by: melvin | Mar 26, 2013 2:06:37 PM

  21. If I didn't have an opinion before watching this circus...I would have one now. Idiot to right seems uninformed & naive to say the least. John (CNN)engaging and polite...and of course informed. Don was understandably frustrated but could have handled it better by simply backing off. Let Anderson talk himself into the corner he belongs in with his absurd perspective that's obvious to any thinking person.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Mar 26, 2013 2:23:18 PM

  22. why oh why do we call this absolute moron a Scholar!!!!!!!! He even makes less sense than most of his counterparts...but when they sound this stupid they make our side look so good.....and by the way, great job Don Lemon!

    Posted by: Bernie | Mar 26, 2013 7:04:34 PM

  23. I would totally make out with Ryan Anderson... if only to get him to shut his stupid little mouth for five minutes.

    Posted by: bobby | Mar 26, 2013 10:54:02 PM

  24. I love Don Lemon..I love how passionate, COMPASSIONATE and unwavering he is in his support of LGBT and gay rights as well as human rights. He's truly a champion and done a great deal to change minds in my family alone. THANK YOU Don for your encouraging and inspiring voice for our community

    Posted by: Lynel | Mar 27, 2013 12:47:51 AM

  25. OH MY GOD Ryan Anderson DINGS on my gaydar, hard. Please, please someone in the District tell me they have seen this child on grindr and the like. I just feel this one in my bones.

    Posted by: agboinv | Mar 27, 2013 1:40:02 AM

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