In a recent interview, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint said the following:
“Marriage is a religious institution. The federal government has no business redefining what it is,” DeMint says. This is one issue where he doesn’t support states’ rights; state government shouldn’t have the right to permit gay marriage: “Governments should not be in the business of promoting a behavior that’s proven to be destructive to our society.”
He cringes at the notion of a gay or lesbian president: “It would be bothersome to me just personally because I consider it immoral.”
Granted it wasn't the only wild thing DeMint said in the interview but that nugget of nuttiness particularly stands out.
I wish the writer, Albert R. Hunt, had allowed DeMint to go into detail about this because it sounds like DeMint was implying that Paul Cameronesque nonsense about "homosexuality being a deadly lifestyle."
I would have loved for him to be nailed for that lie.
Really though, I have to give DeMint points for consistency. He has never particulary like lgbt people.
Back in 2004 when he ran against Inez Tenenbaum for the seat he won, he talked about banning gay teachers.
When he apologized for the comment, the reasoning he gave was highly infuriating:
“I answered as a dad with my heart and I did not answer as a Senate candidate. I apologize for making the remark because it distracted from the debate,”
Then in June of this year, he wrote a letter to various national religious leaders and pastors inaccurately saying lgbt-inclusive hate crimes legislation would lead them being arrested for merely claiming that homosexuality is a sin.
So the fact that DeMint fears having a gay president doesn't surprise any of us lgbts in South Carolina.
It's just more proof that DeMint doesn't care about us - the people whom he was elected to represent.