Here is news to make one go “is anyone surprised?” House Speaker John Boehner has decided not to shift from his position attacking same-sex marriage. After all, Boehner has shown a reckless willingness to drive the government deeper into debt in order to defend the Defense of Marriage Act and pander to the hate groups who run roughly one third of the Republican Party.
The Republican Party has been in a tough spot since the once ardently homophobic and anti-gay crusader Senator Rob Portman announced his shift with regards to same-sex marrage.
Boehner cannot imagine changing his own opposition to same-sex marriage even if he had a gay child. This is not surprising given that Boehner apparently has no empathy, and shows strong sociopathic tendencies when it comes to the regards of others. It seems doubtful that he could even care about the happiness one of his own children could have.
TPM snagged the exchange from ABC’s This Week:
MARTHA RADDATZ: There was a surprise this week. Senator Rob Portman, who is a close friend of yours, a conservative from Ohio, said he has had a change of heart about gay marriage. He will now support gay marriage after learning his own 21-year-old son Will is gay. Has Portman shared this with you?
SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: He has, in fact, called. Listen, Rob’s a great friend and a long-time ally. And I appreciate that he’s decided to change his views on this. But I believe that marriage is a union of a man and a woman.
MARTHA RADDATZ: Can you imagine yourself in a situation where you reversed your decision, as Portman has, on gay marriage if a child of yours or someone you love told you they were gay?
SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: Listen, I believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. All right. It’s what I grew up with. It’s what I believe. It’s what my church teaches me. And I can’t imagine that position would ever change.
MARTHA RADDATZ: Will Portman said it was not a choice. So, how do you justify denying him a right to marriage?
SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: Listen, I think that Rob can make up his own mind, take his own position. But I’ve made clear my position.
Boehner’s position is not surprising, but like all of his other positions, he is hitting a point where he is so far to the Right of the American people, he has exited Right Field and ended up in the parking lot. Boehner is largely in bed with the anti-gay groups anyway, including the National Organization for Marriage. Last year, Boehner appointed NOM co-founder Robert P. George to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, a government post with a two year tenure.
Dr. George has attacked President Obama’s policies claiming that they were designed to undermine religious liberty. George is also the man who wrote the Manhattan Declaration
One wonders if Boehner agrees with George in that gays are “beneath the dignity of human beings as free and rational creatures,” and that same-sex relationships have “no intelligible basis in them for the norms of monogamy, exclusivity, and the pledge of permanence.”
Heck, it would not be surprising to find out that Boehner retains a view of homosexuality and gays that comes straight out of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and believes that gays are decadent people who want nothing but to corrupt others and have fun.
In reality, lesbians and gays aren’t having daily orgies. Or if they are, I haven’t been told about them and I’ve been out of the closet now for almost a decade.
Heck, can’t even find a gay bar in Rutland.