Gary Bauer: ‘Polls are skewed’ if they support marriage equality

By David Edwards
Sunday, March 24, 2013 10:59 EDT
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Gary Bauer speaks to Fox News
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The president of a conservative organization which opposes rights for LGBT people on Sunday rejected the notion that public opinion now supports marriage equality because “the polls are skewed.”

Speaking to American Values President Gary Bauer, Fox News host Chris Wallace wondered if conservatives should oppose the federal government interfering in states’ rights by refusing to recognize the legal marriages of LGBT Americans.

“I don’t think so,” Bauer insisted. “A lot of people are changing their mind because there’s been a full-court blitz by the popular culture, by elites, by all kinds of folks to intimidate and to cower people and to no longer defend marriage as being between a man and a woman.”

“Quite frankly, the argument that the public is overwhelmingly in favor of same sex marriage is ludicrous,” he continued. “If it was so obvious that the American public wants to try a radical social experiment that results in children in those households definitely — definitely not having a mother and a father, that’s what makes marriage a special institution. It guarantees that children have mothers and fathers. If the opinion of the American public was so overwhelming, the gay rights movement and their allies like Nicole [Wallace] would not be asking the Supreme Court to say to the America people, ‘You have no say on this issue.’”

Wallace pointed out that a recent Washington Post poll found that 58 percent of Americans agreed that same sex marriage should be legal, and 70 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 39 supported equal marriage rights.

“Do you worry that this only puts the Republican Party further out of touch?” Wallace pressed Bauer.

“No, I’m not worried about it because the polls are skewed,” the former Family Research Council president replied. “Just this last November, four states — four liberal states — voted on this issue. My side lost those votes, but my side had 45, 46 percent of the vote in all four of those liberal states. In fact, those marriage amendments that would keep marriage for a man and woman outran Mitt Romney in those four liberal states by an average of five points.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast March 24, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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