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Joe Scarborough: Let Gays Get Married, Just Not In My State

Former Florida congressman Joe Scarborough has been called many things in his career. Most recently, Christopher Buckley called him the new face of the Republican Party. If that were even remotely true, would having the Morning Joe host indirectly in charge of the GOP be an okay thing for gays?

Yes! And: no.

You’ll get the idea from this clip that Joe doesn’t hate the idea of gay marriage. He doesn’t care if two gay guys get married “in Vermont,” because that doesn’t affect his marriage in Florida. But when Chris Matthews quizzes him on whether he’d be okay with two gay guys marrying in Florida, Joe is suddenly a bit squeamish.

This is not a terribly unique opinion. “Not in my backyard” can be applied to anyone looking to seem progressive, whether they’re pro-prisons or pro-halfway houses, just so long as they’re in someone else’s neighborhood.

But it’s just Joe’s stance that marriage equality is a “social issue” that should be regulated by the states — and not an equal rights mandate deserving of federal declarations — that will forever keep him in history’s Intolerant column.

By:           editor editor
On:           Jun 10, 2009
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  • 12 Comments
    • andy_d
      andy_d

      Sounds like the old, tired and debunked “States Rights” argument all over again . . .

      Jun 10, 2009 at 9:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Forrest
      Forrest

      we are marrying each other not him! To Joe anything not in the panhandle is not fl sorry ftl

      Jun 10, 2009 at 9:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dommy
      dommy

      Looks like Joe “Asswipe” Scarborough is just getting pissy because he’s not allowed to marry the dead intern they found in his office.

      Jun 10, 2009 at 10:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captain Freedom
      Captain Freedom

      Look at this… We’ve shifted the debate from “Federal Marriage Amendment” to “let states decide” and pretty soon it will be “alright but just don’t force the churches to marry” just like in NH and after that “we were wrong! Let gays marry!!”

      Jun 10, 2009 at 10:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jteasdal
      Jteasdal

      Hey wow, we are seeing movement on the right towards more acceptance of gay marriage, so lets attack them since they aren’t completely there yet. Bad strategy

      Jun 10, 2009 at 11:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greg
      greg

      I think Joe is fine with gay marriage — but I think he’s using code here too. His real target is Roe v. Wade.

      Jun 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dorian
      Dorian

      Who is Joe Scarborough?

      Jun 10, 2009 at 1:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rick
      rick

      i never trust a man who had the dead body of a woman found in his office.

      Jun 10, 2009 at 5:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      Oy, this guy’s such an obvious douchenozzle.

      Jun 10, 2009 at 5:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EE Keller
      EE Keller

      DOUCHENOZZLE!!!! How could I have lived this long without hearing that before? roflmaotipmp

      Jun 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • timncguy
      timncguy

      if you saw this entire segment yesterday, what you would have heard is a bunch of hypocrisay.

      Joe started out with the position that the givernment should stay OUT ofthe bedroom. Then it siwtched to the FEDERAL government should stay out ofthe bedroom. Then it became states should decide.

      I don’t understand how anyone can claim that the federal govt should stay OUT of the bedroom, but the state govt shold get into it.

      Jun 11, 2009 at 7:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jake the libertarian
      Jake the libertarian

      I kinda like Scarborough. I don’t have a problem with the states rights argument and I don’t think he is a bigot. Hey, fuckin hang me for it… Not every straight person needs to march in a gay pride parade. He is welcome to his opinion as long as he isn’t spewing hate… and I have never known him to spew hate and lies.

      Jun 11, 2009 at 10:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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