Chambliss: 'I'm Not Gay. So I'm Not Going to Marry One'

Georgia senator was asked if his views on gay marriage were evolving
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2013 12:05 PM CDT
Chambliss: 'I'm Not Gay. So I'm Going to Marry One'
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss wins quote-of-the-day honors with this one to Politico, when asked whether he was rethinking his opposition to gay marriage: "I'm not gay. So I'm not going to marry one." The gist of the story is that even though public support for same-sex marriage is growing, Republicans and conservative Democrats on Capitol Hill aren't budging. (With some notable exceptions.)

But it's the jokey quote that's getting lots of attention—and criticism. "Good one, Saxby; it ranks right down there with the old Christian Right knee-slapper, 'God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,'" writes Ed Kilgore at Washington Monthly. At Daily Intel, Jonathan Chait is a little confused. "It actually sounds like an argument for gay marriage," he writes. "I would urge gay-rights groups to introduce some handsome, charming guys to Senator Chambliss and see if sparks fly." (Read more Saxby Chambliss stories.)

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