RNC Chair Reince Priebus: Gays Deserve Respect, Dignity, Not Marriage.

Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus (what a name!) said on Meet the Press yesterday that while he supports “dignity and respect” for the LGBT community, marriage is still a man-woman thing:.

“People in this country, no matter straight or gay, deserve dignity and respect. However, that doesn’t mean it carries on to marriage. I think most Americans agree that, in this country, the legal and historic and religious union, marriage, has to have the definition of one man and one woman.”

Most? Guess Priebus didn’t hear the recent polls that say 51% of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage.

Priebus did say he favored equality for gays and lesbians “in regard to, say, discrimination in the workplace, issues [that] Mitt Romney has pointed out numerous times, [like] hospital visitations. I think that for the sake of dignity and respect, sure. But if you’re defining marriage as a civil right, then no, I don’t think people who are of the same sex should be married under our laws.”

Question: If the chairman of the RNC believes in visitation rights and job protections, why is it no Republican has ever introduced a hospital-visitation or anti-discrimination bill? Why does the party keep trying to sabotage ENDA?

What would be worse: To not believe gays and lesbians deserve full equality or to believe they do but not think it’s important to do anything about it.