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CNBC Host Challenges Eric Cantor on Gay Marriage: 'No One's Asking You to Marry Another Guy'


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was challenged by Squawkbox host Joe Kernen about the GOP position on same-sex marriage. Kernen wondered if the GOP might regret being on the wrong side of an issue that a majority of Americans support.

Cantor refused to give, suggesting that there's an "intolerance" of those who defend 'traditional' marriage:

There are those of us who have personal religious convictions about the issue. And I think we as a country need to respect people about their opinion, not matter which side you come down on....Some of the things we stand for somehow aren't being received in the proper way and it's being portrayed as being we don't care about people."

Hmmm.... like the $3 million House Republicans have spent defending on DOMA?


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  1. @ernstroehm's ghost...

    I always find it very amusing that those who believe in any particular religion assume that those who do not believe cannot possibly have any moral convictions because you know, morality only comes from a belief in religion....

    Posted by: anonymous | Apr 6, 2013 11:50:44 AM

  2. I actually just read something about atheism.

    Christian: "If you don't follow the church, how do you know not to rape, rob, murder and steal?"

    Atheist: "I don't follow the church and I rape, rob, murder and steal as often as I want. Which is never."

    Posted by: AJ | Apr 6, 2013 12:02:40 PM

  3. He's an outcast in his own family on marriage equality and he's unpopular with pretty much everyone. No wonder it always looks like there's something poisonous lodged in his small intestine.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 6, 2013 12:03:01 PM

  4. religion is the catalyst to so much hate toward my gay brothers and sisters, yet we have to sit back and pretend it's not. tired of how society is forced to treat organized religion as sacred

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Apr 6, 2013 12:04:13 PM

  5. Ten Commandments? Hmmm... Great Flood? Hmmm.. Adam and Eve? Hmmm... Belief in one god? Hmmm...

    Archeological evidence would suggest that all of those arose elsewhere, and likely ended up in the Jewish bible because of their great teaching value..

    So let's not bring religion into a discussion about gay marriage, shall we, Mr. Kantor?

    Posted by: Burt | Apr 6, 2013 12:06:23 PM

  6. It would seem ernstroehm's ghost is very loosely educated in history. To state that laws prohibiting murder and theft stem from the 10 Commandments is just ignorant. No doubt a Christian zealot that fails to recognize humans and civilization existed and had laws long before the mythical God of Abraham, as well as religious beliefs that pre-date Christianity and Judaism. Laws were even codified in stone long before Moses delivered the big ten. Like the Code of Hammurabi, circa 1772 BC. Now, granted man has always feared some "God", in Hammurabi's time it was the main god, Marduk, one of many Babylonian deities. So perhaps it can be said that religion has always been a part of human society, but the preponderance of evidence would support God or Gods being creations of man rather than the other way around.

    Posted by: Bob R | Apr 6, 2013 12:33:55 PM

  7. the preposterous thing about "religious beliefs" and "opinions" is that they have no justified application to written law.

    y'all are free to keep on thinking that gay marriages "aren't real" or are "wrong" - just as y'all think everything that an Atheist or someone from a different religious affiliation does in life is "wrong".

    but you cannot force your religious beliefs onto those that dont' share them. because that makes no freakin' sense.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 6, 2013 1:43:38 PM

  8. Eric Cantor and those like him are trying to hold others back and keep them unequal (in this case LGBT people). That is not okay and won't be tolerated by those being held back and their supporters who don't believe in holding others back.

    Pretty simple. Humans don't like to be held back; they will strive not to be held back. Why do you have the need to hold people back? Remember, once you answer, it's the ones being held back that get the final say on if they'll tolerate and accept it since they're the ones being held back. See how that works?

    Posted by: Tim | Apr 6, 2013 1:57:56 PM

  9. Merv FTW

    Posted by: shane | Apr 6, 2013 2:05:15 PM

  10. Mr. Cantors religious convictions are his and if I understand our constitution I can have my own. Religion is a choice that a young man or woman comes to at some point of adulthood. Mr.Cantors, and my sexuality, were never a choice.

    Does he love his wife? he does.
    I just want to marry the man I love.
    Would he deny his wife that right?

    It comes down to love. that is what matters.

    Posted by: Rees Cramer | Apr 6, 2013 2:19:24 PM

  11. lol lmaoff do these republicans ever hear or listen to what they say?????......"we are portrayed as not caring about people" well, that might be the first honest thing Cantor has said....almost everything Repbulicans propose or say demonstrate their lack of humanity and care for people

    Posted by: Bernie | Apr 6, 2013 2:27:20 PM

  12. Someone else said it better than I, but 'Removing the ability to oppress others is NOT oppression!' He's done (on both sides). Republicans: idiots and proud of it...for at least fifty years!

    Posted by: Geoff | Apr 6, 2013 2:54:29 PM

  13. Don't disagree with a queers desires unless you can tolerate the tantrum. This is another "ME" issue, don't confuse it with anything else. Be careful what you wish for. Anything can be rationalized, but the emotional response can be unexpected.

    Posted by: eb | Apr 6, 2013 3:01:33 PM

  14. Cantor: LGBT people wanting to have the same rights as everybody else are intolerant against Christians who want to keep marriage for straights only. Christians should have the freedom to dictate how much rights gay people can have.

    Posted by: Peter M. | Apr 6, 2013 3:11:48 PM

  15. Now the kids will be asking the parents what they are going to be on Halloween.

    Posted by: JG | Apr 6, 2013 3:50:49 PM

  16. I know a lot, I mean a ton, of drag queens and that guy screams "DRAG QUEEN".

    His whole demeanor is like, "darling, we need to be tolerant of yadda yadda yadda".

    I'd bet the farm if I had one he's a cross dresser.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 6, 2013 4:59:34 PM

  17. No, he's no drag queen. That's your fantasy. What he was was a pretty hot looking young man.

    Posted by: Edward | Apr 6, 2013 7:36:35 PM

  18. The key words here are PERSONAL religious beliefs. As in, beliefs that do not reflect, and should not represent the rights of any other citizen but yourself. Religious people seriously boggle my mind in their capacity to be completely oblivious to what should be obvious logic to the rest of us.

    Posted by: ble.d_out.colo.r | Apr 7, 2013 2:58:45 AM

  19. I am quite certain that the likes of Canker sore will soon find themselves with nothing to worry about as we vote them out for being bigoted assholes who cared nothing for the country and got paid for it.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Apr 7, 2013 8:26:02 AM

  20. Hey, you heard him, he wants respect for all viewpoints regardless of logic, merit or intent.

    SO, viewpoints lose all meaning and value.

    SOOOOOO, Eric Cantor is a pro pedophile, cannibal satanist who is for murdering all 34 of his illegal, underage brides. It's really quite insulting that you wont value his side of things.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Apr 8, 2013 12:24:47 PM

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