Gov. Bobby Jindal: GOP Can Win With Anti-Gay Agenda

Even as more and more prominent Republicans are calling on the party to step away from anti-gay rhetoric, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal insists the GOP can come out on top while still clinging to discrimination against the LGBT community.

On Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press, David Gregory discussed former Utah governor Jon Huntsman’s endorsement of marriage equality, and asked Jindal if same-sex marriage could be seen as a conservative value.

“Look, I believe in the traditional definition of marriage,” the Republican governor explained.

He then seemed to suggest it wasn’t the GOP’s increasingly out-of-touch attitude that cost it the White House, but the crummy economy. (Or maybe he was just dodging the issue.) “We had an election that was dominated by economic issues,” he told Gregory. “We lost that election because we didn’t present a vision showing how we believe the entire economy can grow, how people can join the middle class. We’re an aspirational party, and we need policies that are consistent with that aspirational private-sector growth.”

You’re absolutely right, Governor Jindal—that’s why a majority of top corporations provide domestic-partner benefits to their LGBT employees. If the GOP wants to be relevant to the next generation of voters, it’s going to have to wake up and join the rest of us in the 21st century.

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  • Elloreigh

    So much for his earlier statement that “We’ve got to stop being the stupid

  • Caleb in SC

    Let the GOP continue playing politics from their 1950s playbook. The more out of touch they are with the rest of society, the soon they will implode and we can be done with them forever.

  • 2eo

    @Caleb in SC: They never fully leave, we in the UK still have horrible people who believe in the ideas of fascist Oswald Moseley. His followers have deservedly being pushed to the fringe of civilised society, because they are incompatible with education and reality.

    Hopefully the GOP keeps this up, the more turmoil the better. You want then at each others throats, the longer and nastier it gets the better. There are ways to make sure it happens though.

    Some methods aren’t pleasant, such as spurring them on with an occasional prod at the right time, that’s what we did to decimate the BNP in 2011. Forcing factions to essentially declare war on each other, neither with enough people or education to pull out the nosedive.

    The spin off faction the English Defense League [EDL] are just laughed at by absolutely everyone, an ineffectual joke. There was a time when the BNP were making up a lot of ground.

    These tactics work, the right is fundamentally less educated and more volatile, they will react and it is ridiculously easy to manipulate.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    This ninny will never be president.

    And…what the Hell is up with his odd hair?

    What a wad.

  • Ron Jackson

    The Elite on this planet have been using divide and conquer (dem vs Gop, right vs left, conservative vs liberal, etc) on us plebs for generations. It can certainly work to destroy the GOP from within. Anyway it’s working in this season of Spartacus! :)

  • Cam

    The GOP seems to be looking to become less of a national party and on their way to becoming a tiny opposition party after some other party springs up to replace them.

    There are small parties in Germany, Israel, Italy etc… that never win a majority but just partner up with one of the bigger parties when they can to form a majority.

    They are always based on a few issues. Just like the current GOP, abortion, anti-gay, corporate welfare etc…

  • Daniel-Reader

    The traditional definition of marriage in the USA is whites-only. It is surprising a politician of Indian descent hates black people. What a sad corrupt governor.

  • Kieran

    That’s a good point Daniel. Not too long ago many states like Louisiana had racial anti-miscegination laws that prohibited people with dark skin pigmentation like Bobby from legally marrying whites. Doubtless this dope is ignorant of that fact.

  • tjr101

    I just love how Republicans will never get it, they are really and truly a stupid party!

  • Fidelio

    Would be nice for moderators (i.e., Gregory) to start asking opponents (i.e., Jindal) to present their understanding of why people are fighting for marriage equality. I guarantee the moderators aren’t completely in the loop, either.


    @tjr101: Republican are not “stupid party” you should call the “Stupid farty”. I like to telln that IDIOT NONWHIE JINDAL, India, is not that far from us!!.

  • GayTampaCowboy

    Jindal want to stake out his position in the GOP after his HORRIFIC response to last years State of the Union speech.

    It really amazes me that someone like Jindal would continue bringing up an issue that CLEARLY was rebuffed over the last election cycle – along with issues like abortion, birth control and other social issues.)

    In one sense, Jindal was right – one of the reasons they lost was their inability to create a BELIVEABLE option to Obama’s plan – but they let “tea party” voices set the issues and agenda (ie: social issues). So, it seems that hasn’t changed.

    Ironically, pandering to the 20%-tea-party-voter block will do more to emasculate the GOP than build it – ultimately rendering the GOP to the status as the minority party (and yes, there’s some supreme irony there ahahha).

    So, go on GOP! Hold on to those social issues. Keep pandering to a voting block that’s quickly dying off – and then try to “re-create” your party in 4 or 8 years and explain to voters THEN why you belived what you did – talk about Flip-flop! Take your medicine now and move towards the middle. Focus on the economy and stay out of peoples bedrooms and personal lives (ie: that’s what being conservative means – not being a mouthpiece for the religious right).

  • Cagnazzo82

    Where exactly do the gay republican apologists like the GOProud and some of our members here stand on this issue?

    How does it feel to be treated second-class in your own party?

  • 1EqualityUSA

    If Jindal is so rabidly anti-gay, why doesn’t he turn his attention to the Catholic Church. There are plenty of homosexuals for him to rant and rave against, starting from the Pope down. Oh, that’s right, those are Catholic homosexuals, they’re ok, even the ones who violate children. Opus Dei-care.

  • tsginamarieva

    Oh sure, Governor, the GOP can win with an anti-gay agenda. Is that why it has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections?

    (Oh, and the claptrap many in your party parrot about the Republican candidates lost because they weren’t conservative enough? Horse feathers! Each of the unsuccessful Republican nominees were the conservatives in their respective races, and each was beaten by a decidedly more liberal opponent. If the voters were craving a true conservative, why would they consistently pick the candidate least in tune with their views?

    The truth is, Governor, were it not for the unique apportionment requirements and the extreme gerrymandering practices of the U.S. House of Representatives (and the state legislatures that set the individual district borders), the GOP would have gone the way of the Whig Party years ago.

    By continually attempting to pander to the shrinking social conservative demographic, your party is consigning itself to the dustbin of history. Among millenials, both the Religious Right and the GOP are wildly unpopular and only getting moreso each year. And the tighter you cleave to an agenda that alienates the next generation of Americans, the less likely they are going to be to listen to you when they take center stage on the national political landscape.

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