WATCH: For Andrew Sullivan, Gay Marriage And Pot Legalization Basically The Same

Things got a bit heated on Real Time with Bill Maher, as they are often wont to do, when The Daily Beast‘s Andrew Sullivan equated the legalization of gay marriage with that of marijuana, raising the ire of MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp.

“I don’t think we should lump gay marriage and pot together,” Cupp said.  “I think that does gay marriage and the fight for gay marriage a little disservice.”

Cupp added, “You would never equate repealing prohibition with emancipation or suffrage. They are different things, and it really diminishes the fight that gay rights activists do to equate it with legalizing pot.”

Sullivan took particular offense to that last comment, accusing the Republican Party of “treating us as if we were pariahs and demons” and being “controlled by a religious organization not a political one.”

But Cupp was not having any of that. “The gay rights fight,” she continued, “is more important and on a different moral equivalency than legalizing pot. And you are going to ruin the message if you try to equate them. They are not the same.”

Meanwhile, the entire time poor James Carville is caught in the crossfire, when he clearly (judging from his shirt) got lost on his way to a United Colors of Benetton ad from 1988.

(h/t: Newbusters)

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  • Shadeaux

    I don’t think they should be linked together either, and I agree with her.., he sound CRAZY.

  • BudsYourUncle

    James Carville is wearing a Mardi Gras shirt…a shout out to New Orleans, yo!

  • the other Greg

    If those two had exactly the opposite positions on those issues, it would have surprised me less. S.E. Cupp is the token female Republican on MSNBC, but she’s an atheist and I gather more of a libertarian. Andrew Sullivan is the gay practicing Catholic who’s famous for barebacking. The most likely explanation is that Sullivan has been getting stoned a lot lately, especially before going to church.

  • maroonlover

    I think he boiling it down to the idea of individual freedom and thus equating the two. This isn’t the best way to achieve movement in either cause but I can see why he would lump them together, at least on a basic level.

  • Lane103

    I agreed with her…I think Andrew’s outrage that a non gay had an opinion was ridiculous. I have seen him on this show before and I don’t think he is a great representative of the gay community.

  • Wilberforce

    He’s always been a dim bulb, although he’s gotten a tad better as he’s aged. But this is the typical dingbat Sullivan that we’ve seen for many years.

  • Kieran

    I remember when Andrew Sullivan was so cute and wholesome looking. What the hell happened to him? It’s almost as if someone put a curse on him and he’s slowly morphing into a Hasidic rabbi.

  • Shannon1981

    Andrew Sullivan is a has been who needs to shut the hell up. I will not have my rights equated with weed (not that I have an issue with pot smoking, but still).

  • Spinal Tap

    Sullivan is a total jerk. He was arrested (or given some kind of citation) for smoking pot in Massachusetts; he apparently needs to get stoned alot to deal with the fact that his beloved Catholic church tells him he is evil and going to hell. He also was outed for posting ads looking for bare backing partners on the Internet (while lecturing gay guys about their “promiscuity”.) He is an embarrassment to the gay community.

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