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RNC Leaders Congratulated Thomas Roberts On His Marriage: VIDEO

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Out MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts joined Joe Scarborough oh his "Morning Joe" talk-show today. Amidst discussion of the Republican National Committee's continued opposition to same-sex marriage in the party platform, Roberts discussed his own personal experience with the Republican leadership that seemed to him at odds with their publicly stated political beliefs:

"Reince Priebus, when I got engaged, congratulated me at the White House Correspondents' weekend. Last year, Sean Spicer congratulated me on getting married to my husband. Yet they incorporate into the platform of the RNC their stance against marriage equality," Roberts said.

"It's odd, because why congratulate me? I didn't bring it up, I didn't say give me a congratulations, but they offered it," Roberts said. "So it's odd, because then they'll go out and drumbeat that they're against marriage equality. It's weird."

In an email to Politico RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer clarified his position:

"Believing marriage is between one man and one woman and being polite, courteous and respectful are not mutually exclusive."

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  1. being polite and courteous, while ending up stabbing someone or society in the back? Strange idea about christianity, politeness and courteousness. The idiot could have just stayed silent. You can't trust someone who will lie to your face.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 16, 2013 2:34:42 PM


  2. "Believing marriage is between one man and one woman and being polite, courteous and respectful are not mutually exclusive."

    i love right-wing intellectual dishonesty!

    *ahem*

    it's not what you "believe", it's what you promote, and encourage, and the way you go about doing that. you know, by talking to your base, already the stupidest bigots in america, and convincing them that Deb & Sue marrying will ruin america, turn their children gay, and bring about the End of Times. also, something about Jesus that has nothing to do with anything.

    it's not polite, courteous or respectful to work against Equality.

    but this is similar to how i feel about the attention we pay to the Westboro Baptists.... it's a distraction.

    the WBC didn't convince anyone to vote for Prop 8. they aren't the force that leads so many young LGBT people to live Closeted lives, or commit suicide. who's to blame? well, frankly, the sweetly-smiling bigots.

    Rick Warren, drove his own son, his youngest, to suicide. but, ya know, he was just trying to spread god's loving word, or some nonsense like that.

    but this is like with the Chic-Fil-A thing: consevatives turned it into "oh, look! intolerant liberals can't handle different opinions and hate free speech!"

    Um, no. People with brains and consciences objected to your funding of anti-gay prejudice, codified into law and policy, and the fact that your "beliefs/opinions" were manifest financially and politically into an attack on millions of Americans.


    Distinctions and Specifics: conservatives' worst enemy.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 16, 2013 2:37:59 PM


  3. This leads me to believe something I've long suspected to be true: Republicans don't really care if same-sex marriage becomes legal. They only claim to oppose it in order to keep the anti-gay crowd voting for them. Their ONLY concern is maintaining power.

    Posted by: Mona | Aug 16, 2013 2:38:30 PM


  4. this is, for what it's worth, the mentality of the Gay Republicans.

    like when R. Clarke Cooper goes on and on about how republicans accept him, and liberal gays don't.

    sugarpie, define acceptance. we may refuse to hang out with you, and we'll certainly never have sex with you, but we fight for your rights and freedoms.

    the GOP, the republicans that accept you? they vote against your rights. but they let you in the same room as them. well, sometimes. not that often. and even then, it's only as long as you toe the line and refuse to stand up for yourself. which you never do.

    gay republicans are the reason the GOP remains anti-gay; they're such spineless examples of gay men that they don't inspire republicans to have any respect for them. at all.

    "just because i vote against your rights doesn't mean i'm anti-gay. just because i promote bigotry against you doesn't make me a bigot."
    yes. yes it does.

    and MONA, that's it. spot-on. why continue the anti-gay nonsense? because it's an issue that America's Stupids (the GOP base) care about. they don't know what fiscal policies are. they don't understand taxation. they don't know what a ratio is. but they sure do love to pretend that they follow the bible.

    there's a reason every country in the world that runs on anti-LGBT platforms also has fiscal policies that only benefit the WEALTHIEST CITIZENS; and the bases are always too stupid to see it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 16, 2013 2:49:28 PM


  5. Any thinking person must know that most of the higher ups in the Republican Party don't believe all that anti-gay crap. They just know it plays well with their less educated bible thumping base and brings in lots of campaign money. You gotta have an enemy to scare the base enough so that they will open their wallets and send you money. TV Evangelists learned this a long time ago.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 16, 2013 2:52:52 PM


  6. Oh, please. I live in Washington, DC and everyone knows that for the most part, the non-wacko Republicans couldn't give a crap about gay issues. They just have to appease their base (read: donors). It's shameful, really.

    Posted by: Sam | Aug 16, 2013 2:54:31 PM


  7. I don't see anything weird about them congratulating him while at the same time oppsoing marriage equality. It is simply being curteous. We have plenty to get upset with Republicans about, but being mad that they wish us well in our marriages isn't one of them.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 16, 2013 3:02:31 PM


  8. so, being pleasant to someone's face, while working feverously to promote policy that brands them less than yourself, is called politeness, courtesy, and respect? in which imaginary land?

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 16, 2013 3:03:50 PM


  9. like when Matt Salmon Jr was like "just because my dad doesn't think i should be allowed to marry, or have kids, or be protected from job discrimination or housing discrimination simply for being gay doesn't mean that he's a bigoted person."

    which, of course, is the GOP Gay Mindtrick. here's a helpful reminder of reality: just because your dad isn't forcing you into de-gaying therapy doesn't mean he's come full circle. it means he's gone from being a completely worthless sack of S**t to a merely-subpar and mediocre human being.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 16, 2013 3:09:28 PM


  10. This was highly inappropriate by Mr. Roberts and unprofessional for someone who casts himself as a journalist. His conduct lately has come under scrutiny, especially since he has now clamored to Donald Trump that he be allowed to replace Andy Cohen at the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.

    Posted by: tom | Aug 16, 2013 3:10:42 PM


  11. @Jay, read what Mona and Sam wrote. That's the real story.

    Posted by: Howard | Aug 16, 2013 3:14:56 PM


  12. Sadly, it's all talk in an attempt to look as if they are really not homophobic at all and, thereby, dupe some voters. There are few documented cases of a rattlesnake becoming loving and kind.

    Posted by: dh1950 | Aug 16, 2013 3:18:30 PM


  13. "Polite, courteous, respectful" and might I add cowardly. Someone get them a back brace 'cause these guys are spineless.
    This is a story about men who lost their testicles a long time ago.

    Posted by: parkrunner | Aug 16, 2013 3:19:14 PM


  14. what's even more surprising are defenders of sean spicer's and reince priebus' explanation, those who claimed roberts was unprofessional, and others who dismissed it as simply politics, as if that make it acceptable. so let me get this right...it's ok to discriminate as long as you're polite?

    hmmmmm. does that mean a restaurants in the south should have been allowed to continue to refuse service to non-whites as long as they said "please" and "thank-you"? would that have also worked when refusing minorities or women the right to vote? and i guess paula deen simply didn't use proper manners?

    i'm glad roberts called them out for their hypocrisy.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 16, 2013 3:31:50 PM


  15. My entire "christian" family is polite to me. But they are only polite to me to my face. Behind my back they can't stand the fact that I'm gay and one brother even taught his kids that "all gays should be taken out and shot" which she, at 9 years old, repeated to me upon seeing a picture of two men holding hands.

    This is bigotry, plain and simple and it's wrong. It's being two-faced and hypocritical. And it has nothing whatsoever to do with being polite. It has a whole lot to do with basically being FAKE while they're in my nice house eating my delicious dinners and oohing and ahhing over my beautiful interiors and gardens.

    And it's a huge reason why I have almost nothing to do with them any longer.

    This is the same kind of crap most republicans do and exactly what Thomas Roberts is talking about. It IS weird!

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 16, 2013 4:37:40 PM


  16. Memo to Sean Spicer: Yes they are, period.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 16, 2013 4:43:01 PM


  17. @Johnny

    I know what you're talking about. My oldest brother and sister-in-law are Southern Baptists, though they live in Illinois, and they're the same way (my mom, who at the age of 78 was going to school to get a Doctorate in Theology could never understand how my brother fell so far from the path--Although her sisters are Southern Baptists as well, living in Michigan). It's just too much trouble being around them anymore...putting on the false smiles while skank-eyeing each other.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 16, 2013 4:51:08 PM


  18. Again, the liberal gay militia refuse to respect the religious beliefs of others, getting offended simply because someone doesn't approve of them. The majority of Americans (and remember, the majority of the American population is female - not a coincidence) do not approve of the effeminate gay culture that is pushed into their faces.

    Regardless of where the law stands on the matter, gay marriage angers the majority of the American public. Liberal gays whining about this disapproval in the media only increasing the public's disdain of the gay community.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 16, 2013 5:18:54 PM


  19. Again, the liberal gay militia refuse to respect the religious beliefs of others, getting offended simply because someone doesn't approve of them. The majority of Americans (and remember, the majority of the American population is female - not a coincidence) do not approve of the effeminate gay culture that is pushed into their faces.

    Regardless of where the law stands on the matter, gay marriage angers the majority of the American public. Liberal gays whining about this disapproval in the media only increasing the public's disdain of the gay community.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 16, 2013 5:18:58 PM


  20. Grr. Rick, when are you going to troll some other blog instead? I don't get you. At all. And I find your arguments tired, self-hating, female-hating, and representing just you. :-/.

    C'mon, man, you comment here all the time, so it would seem you keep up with the news, and read a lot of smart comments. But, Rick, why doesn't it seem like you are LEARNING anything or evolving from your backwards positions.

    Rick, dude, are you Brian Brown--here doing your paid gay-hating propaganda among gays?! That's low. And sad. And gross, honestly.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Aug 16, 2013 5:34:43 PM


  21. Grr. Rick, when are you going to troll some other blog instead? I don't get you. At all. And I find your arguments tired, self-hating, female-hating, and representing just you. :-/.

    C'mon, man, you comment here all the time, so it would seem you keep up with the news, and read a lot of smart comments. But, Rick, why doesn't it seem like you are LEARNING anything or evolving from your backwards positions.

    Rick, dude, are you Brian Brown--here doing your paid gay-hating propaganda among gays?! That's low. And sad. And gross, honestly.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Aug 16, 2013 5:34:44 PM


  22. "Believing marriage is between one man and one woman and being polite, courteous and respectful are not mutually exclusive."

    Could you pass that on to some of your fellows? Like maybe Bryan Fischer, Brian Brown, Matt Barber, and their ilk?

    Posted by: Hunter | Aug 16, 2013 6:43:55 PM


  23. Rick gets crazier and crazier by the day! His misogyny is starting to eat away at his brain like an amoeba.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 16, 2013 6:50:03 PM


  24. you can't mean they're...hypocrites??

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Aug 16, 2013 7:00:23 PM


  25. Actually, @Rick, gay couples marrying doesn't anger a majority of Americans, and if it does some backwards morons at the RNC, so what? It's reality. They'll get over it. But marriage equality does anger the lonely closeted people who will never be able to take advantage of it because they're hiding in shame. Gay rights are threatening to such people so they lash out at women, other gay people, etc. In other words, it angers you.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 16, 2013 8:57:36 PM


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