RNC Chair: Gays Deserve Dignity, Not Marriage
Reince Priebus says debate ought to be respectful, but marriage for one man, one woman
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2012 1:25 PM CDT
RNC Chair Reince Priebus speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Gay marriage, a topic of some small amount of discussion this week, ruled the talk shows today, with RNC Chair Reince Priebus tackling the subject head-on: "People in this country, no matter straight or gay, deserve dignity and respect. However, that doesn't mean it carries on to marriage," he told Meet the Press. But, he added, "I don't think it's a matter of civil rights. Marriage has to have a definition. And we just happen to believe it’s between a man and a woman." Priebus' call for respect came after Rand Paul publicly joked last week that President Obama's stance on marriage "couldn't get any gayer." Family Research Council president Tony Perkins decried the joke, saying, "I don't think it's a laughing matter. I think we should be civil, respectful." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Deval Patrick on Mitt Romney and gay rights: Romney has "occupied many positions on many issues." Alluding to comments Romney made in 1994 that he would be "better" than Ted Kennedy on gay rights, Patrick said his predecessor "takes a different position in front of a different audience today."
  • Barney Frank on not moving the dial: "I don't think anybody's vote was changed. I expected the president to be supporting same-sex marriage because, frankly, of the absence of any good reason against it once you believe that people ought to be treated fairly."
  • JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon on his politics: “I would call myself a ‘barely Democrat.' I didn't support anyone last time around: I'm on the New York Fed Board; I'm not allowed to. But I am a Democrat, yes. ... I've gotten disturbed at some of the Democrats anti-business behavior ... (but) I want jobs. I want a more equitable society. I don't mind paying higher taxes. I do think we're our brother's keeper."
  • Frank on JPMorgan's mess: “The Volcker Rule is still being formulated," but "I hope that the final rule will prevent this."
  • John Thune on the GOP veepstakes: "I don't think you ever rule out opportunities when you're in public life and you say you want to make a difference and you're serious about that, obviously, then you don't foreclose options. But I have a job to do in the United States Senate, I like what I'm doing, I think I can make a difference there. I think working with a Republican president, we can do some really good things for this country."

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May 14, 2012 12:03 PM CDT
Gay people have every right to be just as miserable as their straight married friends.
May 14, 2012 2:39 AM CDT
With all respect Sir, you are not entitled to determine what Gays or anyone else deserve and what they do not. You are not a God and it is also questionable how much of human you are. None is entitled to determine how much human rights one should get nor to weigh what is normal and what is not without having any single scientific evidence. It is not a problem if somebody disagree with somebody else, who knows how many times I would disagree with someone on different occasions and that's everyone's right. It is, however, not acceptable to deny someone's rights and prevent someone of having the same and equal rights as everybody else. Try not to play God's role and try not to interpret morale the way you like it more as we are all God's people, over 7 billion individuals around the world, unique and different among each other but very equal before the God. Do not use these kind of stuff for political purpose. We all know that every time you conservatives talk about same-sex marriage it is not because you really care about it because you do not. You barely care about anything outside your comfort zone of your homes unless there is something to do with your pockets and amounts on your banking accounts. You are actually trying to gain support of different kind of churches, sects and conservative money donors, and to gain popularity among conservatives if you live there or if your business is targeting such clientele. Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Canada, South Africa and Argentina provide same-sex marriage and I see no problem with their societies and their morale. Do not waste your time as freedom and justice always win:-)
May 13, 2012 9:09 PM CDT
Homosexuals are entitled to dignity and civil unions. The homosexual agenda wants the world to believe that homosexuality is normal. It's different, not normal.