Republican shock jock Rush Limbaugh said Monday that the tide of opinion on LGBT rights has turned so sharply that he’s getting seriously freaked out “that Vladimir Putin is saying things I agree with” these days.
Limbaugh was specifically talking about Putin’s move to ban the adoption of Russian orphans by same sex couples in other countries, and how he thinks that’s a good idea.
“It freaks me out,” Limbaugh said. “I have to tell ya, it freaks me out that Vladimir Putin is saying things that I agree with. The Russian president has opposed the adoption of Russian orphans by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender foreign couples, and has instructed the government and supreme court there to prepare changes to existing law by July 1.”
He added it’s “ironic” that he now agrees with Putin, even after growing up fearing the Russians and being told that liberals secretly love Soviet-style communism.
“To the left, and still today, the United States was the great Satan,” Limbaugh insisted. “And so now here’s a KGB officer who is — this guy is what he is, he’s an old communist — and he’s speaking out against the popular issue of the day in Russia.”
Putin’s recent condemnation of same sex adoption comes amid a surge of anti-LGBT sentiment in Russia, where same sex marriage is illegal and 85 percent of the citizens want it to stay that way, according to a recent survey. The survey, taken by the Russian research organization Levada-Center, also found that 34 percent of Russians think homosexuality is a disease and 16 percent said that LGBT people should be ostracized from society.
Conversely, in the United States — where a Gallup poll last December found that just 46 percent oppose marriage equality and only 15 percent think same sex relationships should be illegal — President Barack Obama endorsed allowing same sex couples to adopt children in November 2011, and came out in favor of full marriage equality several months later.
This audio is from the Rush Limbaugh show, aired Monday, April 1, 2013, snipped courtesy of The Daily Rushbo.