Reince Priebus Reiterates RNC’s Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage After SCOTUS Decision: VIDEO


Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today reiterated the GOP's opposition to marriage equality and blasted the Supreme Court for its decision yesterday to let stand lower court rulings that found bans on same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin to be unconstitutional. Think Progress reports:

Appearing on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown on Tuesday, Reince Priebus reiterated the GOP’s support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, before arguing that social conservatives like David Lane and Tony Perkins are “right to be concerned about what’s happened here in this country over the last couple of years.” Preibus also seemed to support Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) push to introduce a constitutional amendment prohibiting the federal government from changing state marriage laws.

“I don’t think [marriage equality] is a top here issue for the midterms,” he said. “I think long term it’s an issue in regard to what we need to do in the country to have a strong economy, a strong defense and a strong society.”

Suggesting that the nation is hurt by same-sex families and quoting men who claim that if gays are permitted to marry “America will ultimately collapse,” is at odds with the GOP’s promise to be more tolerant toward gay people.

Though many top Republicans were notably silent yesterday following SCOTUS' decision, Republican Senator Ted Cruz commented,

The Supreme Court’s decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible. By refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution. The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing. This is judicial activism at its worst.

Watch Priebus' interview, AFTER THE JUMP…



  1. says

    well, that’s loud and clear. and as usual, gay republicans and republicans who claim not to be bigoted, or who claim to support marriage equality, will vote GOP anyway.

    because they don’t have an ounce of integrity.

    there isn’t a shred of credibility to the idea that gay couples marrying will harm america. or culture. or society. or the world. have these fools learning nothing from human history? divisiveness destroys. hate destroys. bigotry and prejudice destroy and harm. love, understanding and inclusivity? in what alternate dimension are those destructive forces?

  2. JSB says

    Anyone who states that we should be following Tony Perkins or Ted Cruz doesn’t seem terribly bright to me. So the Repubs want to have a big tent, but only if it excludes gays, women and minorities, basically only keeping the white men, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, got it.

  3. simon says

    The problem is these extremists in the party can talk the talk to hold on to their religious base but they simply don’t have a winning strategy. Constitutional amendment is a non-starter. It is just a posture. There is no way they don’t know the game is over.

  4. Jere says

    I wish everyone would stop falling for the “lip service” always given by the GOP, Mormons, the Pope, etc. Have you never heard the saying “A leopard doesn’t change it’s spots”? They wave a little carrot in front of your face and you fall for it every time. THEY ARE NEVER GOING TO CHANGE UNTIL THEY ARE MADE TO CHANGE. Right now that change is from the Supreme Court. Of course they are going to kick and scream. They did the same thing in 1964 with the Civil Rights Act.

    Throw it right back into their faces. This was NOT activist judges, this was NOT unconstitutional. It is quite the opposite. Our checks and balances system that was placed into our Constitution by the founding fathers is working. The Appeals Courts were ALL in agreement that the state laws are unconstitutional. The Supreme Court knows there is no doubt or question in their findings, therefore, they have no reason to take up those cases for review. Also state laws cannot override federal laws.

    If you don’t like same sex marriage then don’t marry anyone of the same sex. Easy. If you so desperately believe in traditional marriage then pass laws that BAN divorce. That would be more in line with your position and beliefs. Would it not?

  5. Derrick from Philly says

    LOL @ “Name sounds foreign. Anyone seen a birth certificate?”

    Oh, my. Isn’t it funny, CRISPY, how we’re so often thinking the same thing. I Googled him. Turns out Reince is of German and Greek descent. That’s nice.

    You think if Hitler had a son that he would have named him Reince?

  6. ben~andy says

    So, I guess that Reince didn’t read his own report on the debacle that was the 2012 Elections for the Rethugs about how they needed to at least give LIP SERVICE to inclusivity to have a chance in national elections? I thought he tried to sell it to the party? Oh, non-starter? OK. So, let’s do more of what hasn’t been working for us. Yeah, yeah, THAT’S the ticket!

    Memo to Reince, no only we, but women, minorities and even the young actually DO pay attention to what you say and do. And, in today’s online world, where ever fact and figure you’d like us to forget is instantly available, RNC PR BS has go absolutely zero chance of flying.

    We are completely willing for you to up the unemployment numbers. Time for an exit plan. Don’t wait until Brozo the Brown and Cryin’ Fischer and the rest are in line ahead of you. I know you really hate to wait your turn, never having done it before.

  7. JackFknTwist says

    Again I ask these Neanderthals to show me just one piece of evidence that same sex marriage has harmed America……..or for that matter the UK, Netherlands Denmark…….etc.

    Surely the Repugs. would not make such a false statement unless they had ample research and had proved the validity of these assertions.

    Or do they just open their mouths and let all the s**t out.

  8. JackFknTwist says

    @ JERE :
    Yes, at least the action of the Supreme Court indicates that the “checks and balances” still work to reject the fascist inclinations of the GOP.

  9. Mona says

    Despite the end of slavery, racism is still a problem in this country — and it looks like it will be for a long time to come. Despite yesterday’s non-ruling, homophobia will not go away. We should prepare ourselves for the kicking and screaming of anti-equality’s death throes, even as we celebrate our victories.

  10. Kendall says

    So, it’s “judicial activism” if they don’t act, but if they did accept a case and rule in favor of marriage equality, it would also be “judicial activism?” Am I understanding this right?

  11. Everyone in the echo-chamber liked it says

    Largest base of Republican voters and largest percentage of funding comes from anti-gay fundamentalists. GOP trots out Priebus to assure them their voices are being heard even if the political reality is the battle is lost. Spouting this losing rhetoric in order to appease that base is old hat for Priebus.

  12. Truth to lies says

    True Republicans have given up. Ashamed to associate any longer they’ve abandoned not just the fight but even their political identity. Lincoln is nothing more than a brand. The principles on which he founded the Republican Party are meaningless today. We’re witnessing it’s dying days. The Koch funded Teahadists now control the empty shell of the Republican Party much like they bought, occupy and control the Heritage Foundation. Both are now nothing more than brands for political exploitation.

  13. Bernie says

    It seems that Mr. Priebus is not too bright….I thought the Republican party had taken inventory after the 2012 election…I guess not…and, by the way marriage equality for the Republican party is a big issue because they are in deep denial….and, I believe that some of the midterm elections will be affected negatively for the Republicans……….

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