It is now a battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert-Busch for the vacant 1st Congressional District seat in South Carolina. Sanford is most famous for his involvement with a woman who was not his wife, and his messy public divorce. Thus, it is not surprising that people are willing to ask him about how he feels about same-sex marriage given his public willingness to thumb his nose at “traditional” marriage.
Back in 2009, Sanford stated about his affair with his then-mistress that “This was a whole lot more than a simple affair. This was a love story. A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day.”
So, when “The Lead” host Jake Tapper decided to ask about it, what are the odds that Sanford would be willing to express his own unwillingness to allow others the bliss of marriage and love?
Tapper asked “Who are you to deny love between two men or two women, when you are somebody who talks about following his heart, regardless of the laws and traditions of the state of South Carolina? Why are you sitting in judgment of same-sex couples, when you have had the life you have had?”
Sanford stated “Well, I think that it’s important not to redefine my view, which to an extent, what you just described, is. What I’ve said is, I indeed back in 1996, voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, I was a member of Congress, you know, just as President Clinton signed the bill into law, and just as President Clinton, and just as President Obama up until about a year ago allegedly believed and prescribed that same law.”
Of course, Sanford decided that the best thing to do was to try and deflect attention from his opposition to marriage equality (and away from his problems with “traditional” marriage) by claiming that this is all about “democratic principals”, which is code for “let us put it to a vote so that the minority can be oppressed by the majority.” Had that been what was done in the days of the divorce was illegal, divorce would still be illegal.
Sanford went on to say “What I have said is I think the current debate has little to do with same-sex marriage and a whole lot to do with democratic traditions in this country, and a whole lot to do with the courts. I think that if you’re a conservative, you believe in this notion of federalism, that one size does not fit all and that we shouldn’t have prescriptive answers coming out of Washington, D.C., for any of the different things ultimately that we have got to resolve as a family of Americans. And so to have an unelected set of judges decide what is or is not for all 50 states to me does not make sense.”
Basically, Sanford doesn’t want to get into the issue because he, well, would rather never get into the fact that he cheated on his wife.