Maddow to the GOP: ‘Just how anti-gay do you want to be?’

By David Ferguson
Saturday, January 14, 2012 22:11 EDT
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Rachel Maddow discusses the GOP and homophobia, screengrab
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On Friday’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel looked at the aftermath of the New Hampshire Republican primary. Now that the national press have left town and the candidates pushed on to South Carolina, the state party is drafting an initiative to enshrine into their state’s Constitution that marriage should be between a man and a woman, rolling back the rights of gays and lesbians in that state.

The party is poised to push the measure forward in spite of the fact that the most die-hard social conservative in the race, Rick Santorum, was booed at multiple public appearances in New Hampshire when he voiced his anti-gay opinions, and placed fifth overall. Mitt Romney, the winner of the Granite State contest is considered the most moderate of the candidates on social issues.

Then she discussed Governors Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Bob McDonnell (R-VA), rising politicos on the right who have moved social issues away from the center of their platforms, painting themselves as pro-business moderates. And then there’s the matter of presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Governor Romney’s “gay-friendly past,” and the fact that the blog BuzzFeed is currently featuring pro-gay paraphernalia from old Romney campaigns.

So, Republicans, she asks, what’s it going to be? How anti-gay are you willing to be? The tensions she highlights between social and fiscal conservatives are nothing new, but with open homophobia becoming as unacceptable in our culture as open racism, which side of history does the GOP want to be on?

Watch the video, embedded via MSNBC, below:

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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