Fox News talk show co-host Greg Gutfeld told a panel on Wednesday’s episode of “The Five” that he believes the Supreme Court’s rulings on same sex marriage are actually “a huge conservative victory” because it will make LGBT people less promiscuous, then suggested that it’s time “gay activists” just give it a rest already and focus on “radical Islam.”
“Yeah, I don’t have any legal expertise in this matter whatsoever,” Gutfeld said. “I feel that this is a huge conservative victory, because you can no longer deprive someone of an extremely traditional value that makes you life better by curtailing promiscuity and destructive lifestyles.”
“Talking about myself,” he added, “marriage to my wife made me a better man. I want to impose that value on others, because that’s what rightwingers do.”
Gutfeld went on to say that he believes LGBT people need to be more sensitive to the needs of religious conservatives, who he said will take a while to “work through” their issues with these rulings.
Then, an odd pivot: Gutfeld suddenly declared that “gay activists” now need to surrender the cause and focus on “radical Islam” instead.
“It’s fun to mock and make fun of Fred Phelps, who are harmless, pathetic villains, but go to a mosque, talk to radical Islam,” he said. “Think about your compatriots in Iran who are dying because of their sexual orientation. There are people that are boycotting the Boy Scout events, but perform — bands still perform in Dubai. Uh, there’s a lot of hypocrisy going on, on that side, that needs to be solved.”
Gutfeld’s words almost echoed Bob Beckel, the show’s left-leaning contributor, who said moments earlier that he felt the rulings struck him as “almost a libertarian position” on marriage — which is technically correct given that the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down as a violation of the Fifth Amendment, a key peg of the Bill of Rights.
“The power the Constitution grants it also restrains,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote [PDF] for the court’s 5-4 majority. “And though Congress has great authority to design laws to fit its own conception of sound national policy, it cannot deny the liberty protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.”
“Post-Doma: Problems will arise when polygamy is legalized, as it must be. Then spousal immigration from Muslim world will balloon,” he claimed.
The Muslisms-taking-over-the-U.S.-because-of-DOMA meme appears to be the conclusion some conservataives have reached based upon the belief that if two individuals of the same sex can be legally married, there’s nothing stopping three or more people from doing the same.
Of course, at no point did the Supreme Court address this issue and plural marriages remain unrecognized by the federal government.
Nevertheless, right-wing blogger Ken Klukowski over at Breitbart explained this worry in an angry rebuke of columnist George Will earlier this week, reacting to Will’s prediction that DOMA will be struck down.
“Imagine what a person’s tax return would look like if a man had four wives. You get to claim five personal exemptions, and everyone can cross-claim all child tax credits for all children born to all four women,” he fretted. “The IRS would have to completely redesign Form 1040, and the resulting returns would have a significant fiscal impact on the nation.”
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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