Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cong. BEN QUAYLE on Same-Sex Marriage

Congressman Ben Quayle, Republican candidate for Arizona's newly drawn 6th District, today re-stated his opposition to same-sex marriage. He also said that President Barack Obama's announcement this week that he now supports same-sex marriage was "one of the most cynical and manipulative political stunts ever pulled by an American president."

"The president is wrong about the issue; marriage should remain as it has always been - between one man and one woman," said Quayle. "But his conduct has been cynical and manipulative because of the obvious calculation and political maneuvering he has demonstrated on a matter of great importance in our nation. The president is a world-class propagandist, and in this case he propagandizes even his own supporters."

"Even proponents of same-sex marriage and others who agree with the president ought to be disgusted by his conduct on this matter," said Quayle. "The real issue is whether same-sex marriage ought to be a Constitutional right; that is the goal of the movement behind it. But the president has not said it should be a right or that he would support efforts to make it one. He has merely said that his opinion is that same-sex couples ought to be able to marry. He is cynically attempting to stir his political base and shake loose their money without even stating support for the real issue. And the fawning reporters who question him do not even force him to answer the real question."

"Thirty-one states have voted to keep marriage between one man and one woman," Quayle continued, "same sex marriage is illegal by statute or Constitutional ban in 44 states, and the Defense of Marriage Act, passed with a lot of Democrat support and signed by Bill Clinton, defines marriage as between one man and one woman under federal law. The American people have put down wide consensus and legal stricture against same-sex marriage, and that is going to be the law in America unless the federal courts attempt to impose it by judicial dictate. The president's mere opinion, which despite his posturing everyone knew full well before his cynical statement, is of little relevance."

"Two years ago, long before millions would reach the same judgment, I called Barack Obama the worst president in history," concluded Quayle. "I overestimated him."


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