Civil Rights Beneficiary Michael Steele Refuses to Dignify Gay Marriage


IDIOT LOGIC — RNC chairman Michael Steele is only a few weeks into the job and already proven himself to be no ally to gays. He made a quick attempt at joining hands with queers by saying Republicans needed to do a better job reaching out to minority communities, and then scoffed at the idea of gay men and women being given the right to get married. In typical fashion, Steele — who says he responds to criticism by “pray[ing] on it” — continues to run his hateful mouth.

Although he tells GQ that being gay is “your nature” (by this we’re assuming he believes in biology?), he refuses to budge on the issue of gay marriage. And not because he’s “antigay” (his words!), but because he’s … um, pro-straight?

Well, my position is, hey, look, I have been, um, supportive of a lot of my friends who are gay in some of the core things that they believe are important to them. You know, the ability to be able to share in the information of your partner, to have the ability to—particularly in times of crisis—to manage their affairs and to help them through that as others—you know, as family members or others—would be able to do. I just draw the line at the gay marriage. And that’s not antigay, no. Heck no! It’s just that, you know, from my faith tradition and upbringing, I believe that marriage—that institution, the sanctity of it—is reserved for a man and a woman. That’s just my view. And I’m not gonna jump up and down and beat people upside the head about it, and tell gays that they’re wrong for wanting to aspire to that, and all of that craziness. That’s why I believe that the states should have an opportunity to address that issue. […]

Just as a general principle, I don’t like mucking around with the Constitution. I’m sorry, I just don’t. I think, you know, in a pluralistic, dynamic society as the one that we have, every five years you can have a constitutional convention about something, you know? I don’t think we should be, you know, dancing around and trying to amend it every time I’ve got a social issue or a political issue or a business issue that I want to get addressed. Having said that, I think that the states are the best laboratory, the best place for those decisions to be made, because they will then reflect the majority of the community in which the issue is raised. And that’s exactly what a republic is all about.

Alright, Mr. Steele, let the states deal with those pesky gays and their civil rights. Because we don’t need federal protection! It’s not like gay men and women deserve to be a protected class because they were born that way, like, I don’t know, people of color?

I don’t think I’ve ever really subscribed to that view [that homosexuality is a choice], that you can turn it on and off like a water tap. Um, you know, I think that there’s a whole lot that goes into the makeup of an individual that, uh, you just can’t simply say, oh, like, “Tomorrow morning I’m gonna stop being gay.” It’s like saying, “Tomorrow morning I’m gonna stop being black.”

I mean, I think that’s the prevailing view at this point [that people are born on way or another], and I know that there’s some out there who think that you can absolutely make that choice. And maybe some people have. I don’t know, I can’t say. Until we can give a definitive answer one way or the other, I think we should respect that.