The Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage was the topic on Sunday’s Meet the Press.
At the table discussing the issue, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow suggested that social conservatives have sought for a generation to demean gay Americans.
“Gay people, there’s nothing that we can do that make more or less of us exist,” Maddow said. “And you’ve been arguing for a generation that public policy ought to essentially demean gay people as a way of expressing disapproval. But you don’t make any less of us exist.”
Shooting back against this assertion, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Ralph E. Reed, pointed to the hypocrisy just a decade ago among Democrats who voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.
“This suggestion that because somebody wants to affirm the institution of marriage that they’re ipso-facto intolerant, by that argument, Barack Obama was intolerant 14 months ago,” Reed said.
“By that argument, 342 members of the House, 85 members of the Senate… Bill Clinton, who signed it into law, were intolerant and motivated by an animus and a hatred for gays.”
“Were they bigots?” he asks.