A party like it’s 2014 (marriage equality edition)

My question for Marco Rubio is, what are you going to do about this gay marriage you are still so against?

In his closing statement at last night’s debate, Marco Rubio said,

Our culture’s in trouble. Wrong is now considered right, and right is considered wrong. All the things that once held our families together are under constant assault. … If you elect me president we are going to re-embrace free enterprise, so that everyone can go as far as their talent and their work will take them. We are going to be a country that says that life begins at conception, and life is worthy of the protection of our laws. We’re gonna be a country that says that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Here it is:

This wrong-right thing is not exactly specified, but in context it clearly refers to abortion and gay marriage — so wrong, but not “considered right.”

What does it mean to say, “We’re gonna be a country that says that marriage is between one man and woman”? What does a country say? Does anyone really listen to what these people say?

Yes, they do. Because as of the morning of yesterday’s debate Rubio has a Marriage & Family Advisory Board to make sure that his words have meaning, and that right returns to right, while wrong is again returned to its proper place: hidden, shamed, and reviled.

Here’s the charge of the board:

This morning, the Marco Rubio for President campaign is excited to announce the formation of Marco Rubio’s Marriage & Family Advisory Board. Marco believes the family is the most important institution in society. He understands that in a vibrant culture of marriage and family everyone benefits, but in a culture where the importance of families is neglected all sorts of problems result. You cannot have a strong nation without strong people, and you cannot have strong people without strong values. Right and wrong. Good and bad. That is learned from your values instilled in you in the family. It is irreplaceable.

Strong statements for strong times. (In fact, you cannot have strong times without strong statements.) These are the board’s members:

  • Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Joseph Backholm, Executive Director, Family Policy Institute of Washington
  • Ambassador Ken Blackwell, Senior Fellow, Family Research Council
  • David S. Dockery, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Sherif Girgis, J.D./Ph.D. candidate, Yale Law & Princeton
  • Alan Hawkins, Ph.D., Professor, Brigham Young University
  • Kay Hymowitz, William E. Simon Fellow, Manhattan Institute
  • Jonathan Keller, CEO, California Family Council
  • Caitlin La Ruffa, Executive Director, Love and Fidelity Network
  • Robert Lerman, Emeritus Professor of Economics, American University
  • Everett Piper, Ph.D., President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University\
  • Bill Wichterman, former special assistant to President George W. Bush
  • Bradford Wilcox, Senior Fellow, Institute for Family Studies & Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

I wish the Republicans would debate this a little more seriously. Ted Cruz has proposed a Constitutional amendment, Jeb Bush and John Kasich have complained about marriage equality but not argued for overturning it, Trump says he opposes marriage equality but doesn’t really care. So what’s Rubio’s plan. Either you think it can be reversed, which is dumb, or you’re just attacking gays and lesbians as “wrong,” which is mean.

On Rubio’s board, Wilcox, Lerman, Hawkins, and Hymowitz are Family Inequality regulars. Of course he doesn’t really need policy advice at this point in the campaign, so this is just about signaling — it’s Rubio showing donors the direction he’s taking, and it’s these people deciding to put their names on his campaign. (Somehow, though, I’m sure they will also still be able to describe themselves as “non-partisan,” because wrong is now right.) It’s also the first time I know of that Wilcox has publicly opposed marriage equality, which is a promising turn in his maturation as a partisan hack.

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2 responses to “A party like it’s 2014 (marriage equality edition)

  1. Marco Rubio has vowed to cancel the existing civil marriages of millions of American citizens.

    1. What excuse does he offer to those millions of people?
    2. What excuse does he give to their children?
    3. What excuse does he make to the tens of millions of people who are their parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, and co-workers?

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  2. I’m surprised Mark Regnerus didn’t sign up.
    He must be busy supporting Texas Ted Cruz perhaps?
    More dog whistling to the extremist Christians.
    See this is why it is better to win the recognition of everyone’s right to have the government stay out of our choices of who we wish to marry, to win Constitutionally. Nobody can vote this back so all his dog whistling is merely pandering.

    Assuming most readers here do not closely follow gay civil rights, did you know that the big right wing machine has laws pending in to many States for me even to count, proposed laws that would protect a citizen’s right to discriminate against people who are gay. It is overwhelming.

    First off read this article, a lesbian couple was called an abomination and told no one in the county would marry them, yelled at by the County Clerk who slammed down the papers. They got their license but can you imagine if you and your wife were treated this way by an assistant County Clerk? That just happened this week in West Virginia
    http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160210/same-sex-couple-gets-license-condemnation-in-gilmer-county

    The assistant clerk has no worries as the County Clerk herself agrees with her assistant.

    AFTER that happened West Virginia House overwhelmingly passed a right to Discriminate law,
    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2016/02/11/3748657/west-virginia-rfra/

    Isn’t it amazing how there really is this small group of people, you can see a good part of the core group in the Rubio camp, this small group of people really run the anti gay efforts nation wide.

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