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Ralph Reed Working on Behalf of MSNBC Parent: Report

Evangelical strategist Ralph Reed is doing Capitol Hill consulting work in an unofficial capacity on the behalf of NBC Universal’s parent company, Comcast, according to the Washington Blade. Reed’s Duluth-based PR firm, Century Strategies, is said to have been on retainer with Comcast for the better part of a the past decade.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a5118a5b46970cReed’s work for Comcast, which has owned MSNBC since 2011, is common knowledge amongst Hill insiders.

"It's widely known because Ralph's been on conference calls," one insider told The Blade. "It's been at least eight years; it's been quite some time."

Though unconfirmed it is likely that Reed is functioning in a role just shy of lobbying, assisting in Comcast’s $45.2 billion acquisition of Time-Warner Cable. Reed made headlines earlier this month after drawing comparisons between various legal fights advancing Marriage Equality and Dred Scott v. Sanford.  

“Only six of them, six out of those 17, six out of 50 states, [legalized same-sex marriage] by referendum or by state legislature,” he said, according to Politico. “In every other case, it was imposed by courts. Just like the courts had to impose Dred Scott. Because they couldn’t do it on the country because the country didn’t agree with it. The country, by the way, doesn’t agree with same-sex marriage.”

Dred Scott, widely recognized as being one of the Supreme Court’s worst decisions of all time, is frequently trotted out to raise the spectre of judicial activism, governmental overreach, and flat out war.

Reed debated whether opposition to same-sex marriage was tantamount to discrimination with MSNBC newshost Rachel Maddow on Meet The Press in 2013. Check out the clip AFTER THE JUMP...

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CNBC Host Rips Rick Perry, Says His Remarks on Gays Are Offensive: VIDEO

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CNBC Squawk Box host Joe Kernan ripped Texas Governor Rick Perry for his remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism in a segment that aired Monday morning.

Said Kernan:

"In terms of comparing it to alcoholism, that's what got all the play, and i don't -- I have a really high bar for what I would take offense to, but that would exceed the bar for me on being an offensive comment. I don't think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver or domestic violence or DWIs. I don't see how that's similar."

Perry tried to turn the argument to his feeling that states should have rights to legislate as they please, but Kernan wasn't allowing him to get away:

“But in terms of changing the behavior of someone...you wouldn’t think that someone who’s heterosexual, that you couldn’t change them into a homosexual, or someone who is homosexual, you don’t think that there should be therapy to try to change them into a heterosexual?”

When Perry tries to argue that it's an issue that should be left "to the psychologists and the doctors," Kernan replies:

"The psychologists they've already weighed in. they've dismissed the idea that sexual orientation is a mental disorder and they've told their mental health professionals to avoid telling clients that you can change your sexual orientation..."

Finally, Kernan says:

"It just seems like the Republican Party is going to be forever behind the curve on this issue.”

Perry adds:

"I don't necessarily condone that lifestyle. I don't condemn it either. We're all children of God...The fact is that people will decide where they want to live if Washington will respect the 10th amendment and I think that will make America substantially happier and allow people to decide how they want to live and under what rules and regulations."

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