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Sen. Saxby Chambliss: 'I'm Not Gay. So I'm not Going to Marry One'


Politico asked anti-equality lawmakers if their views had changed on same-sex marriage given the shift in popular opinion and their colleague Rob Portman's announcement last week that he supports marriage equality.

Said Senator Saxby Chambliss: “I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one.”

Nobody else seems to be shifting either:

“I’m still not supportive of it,” said Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), who is up for reelection in 2014, adding he still backs the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that the Supreme Court is reviewing.

“I’m with South Carolina,” said GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who also faces voters next year. “I believe in traditional marriage — between a man and a woman, without animosity. I don’t mind if people are able to transfer their property, visit their loved ones in hospitals, but marriage to me, I’ve stayed with the concept of traditional marriage.”

Well, maybe one of them:

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a moderate Democrat from a red state who just won reelection last year, suggested in an interview that her views are evolving even if she doesn’t yet back gay marriage.

“I think there’s a lot of shift going on in the country, and I’m thinking about it,” said McCaskill, who called Portman’s announcement “courageous.”

Saxby Chambliss Calls Blogger To Apologize For Freshly Fired Staffer's Anti-Gay Comment


This is a pleasant surprise: Sen. Saxby Chambliss personally called blogger Joe Jervis to apologize for an anti-gay message one of his staffers left on his site, Joe My God.

Though Joe wasn't taping the conversation, he offered this paraphrase of the Senator's remarks:

Joe, I don't know if you're Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, but none of that should matter. Because what was said on your blog by someone from my office is just not acceptable, no matter who is saying it and who it's being said to. I just want to offer my sincerest apologies.

The Republican Senator from Georgia also insisted that the delay in finding the culprit was simply a matter of due diligence, but assured Jervis the staffer has been sacked. 

Chambliss' office also sent out a press release on the matter, which I've included AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Olbermann on McCain's DADT Hissyfit and Saxby Chambliss


Keith Olbermann spoke with Dan Savage about McCain's lies and tantrum over the military "seeking out" orientation with regard to DADT, and the hate message ("all faggots must die") left on Joe.My.God following the DADT cloture vote.


In related news, Chambliss office says the slur is being investigated and is still not sure who is responsible:

"in a statement, Chambliss' office said it has not discovered exactly who was behind the slur, and has turned the matter over to the Senate sergeant at arms. The office employs 42 people. 'The [sergeant at arms] has worked side by side with our personnel to determine whether the comment in question emanated from our office. That appears to be the case,' an unsigned statement from Chambliss' press office read. 'There has not been a determination as to who posted the comment,' the statement read. 'That part of the review is ongoing, and is now in the hands of the Senate sergeant at arms.' Spokeswomen for Chambliss did not return a reporter's phone calls or e-mails seeking more details."

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'All Faggots Must Die' Blog Comment Traced to GA Senator's Office

Yesterday, following the DADT, Joe Jervis received a comment on his blog that read "All faggots must die". Joe began tracing the IP address of the comment, (its author identified himself as Jimmy) and discovered that it came from the Atlanta office of Senator Saxby Chambliss.

SaxbyChambliss Chambliss' office is investigating, the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes:

“We have seen the allegations and are moving quickly to understand the facts. This office has not and will not tolerate any activity of the sort alleged,” Chambliss spokeswoman Bronwyn Lance Chester said. “Once we have ascertained whether these claims are true, we will take the appropriate steps.”

The comment was posted on Joe.My.God., a blog dedicated to gay and lesbian issues, shortly after a Democratic bid to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" faltered in the U.S. Senate.


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