Staver Lies About Support for Russian Anti-Gay Law

The testimony of Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, in front of a House committee didn’t go well for him. How badly did it go? Badly enough that he had to flat out lie about his support for anti-gay laws in other countries. He had this exchange with Rep. Steve Cohen:

Cohen: There are certain antigay laws they have in Russia. You, I believe, have advocated for something similar to that, have you not? Do you support the Russian antigay laws?

Staver: What I am concerned about is having people of Christian, uh, Judeo-Christian beliefs be forced to participate in a ceremony or an event that celebrates something that is contrary to their religious beliefs.

Cohen: Okay, so you’re not in favor of the Russian antigay laws and what I read was wrong?

Staver: I don’t know what you read. I haven’t spoken on the Russian laws.”

Let’s step into Professor Peabody’s wayback machine and set the date for Jan. 22, 2014, when he had this discussion with Matt Barber on their radio show:

Staver: President Obama has been going in a direction to really deconstruct this and to create this idea of same-sex marriage, which is really an oxymoron. But, at the same time, the rest of the world seems to be going exactly opposite of the president and some of the states.

Barber: Yeah, and it’s encouraging to see what’s happening around the world. I think many nations, you think of Russia, you think of some of the African nations around the world, are looking to a liberalized Europe and are looking to the United States under this Obama Administration and they’re rejecting this notion that you can take the institution of marriage and radically redefine it by sanctifying what every major world religion and thousands of years of history and uncompromising human biology have long held: that homosexual behavior and conduct is both immoral, unnatural and self-destructive to the individuals engaged in the behavior and that you don’t have a marriage built upon this immoral behavior…

Staver: Well, it seems as though, if people are having AIDS and most of that, as the CDC comes down and says, it is transmitted by male homosexuality, by and large, what are you going to do? Are you going to say, are you going to elevate that to a preferred status and say, well yeah, men ought to be able to marry men? That’s an oxymoron. What Nigeria has done by reaffirming marriage as between one man and one woman is what a number of countries are doing around the world. They’re reaffirming marriage as one man and one woman. Russia is one of those countries recently that did that. Latin American countries have reaffirmed marriage as one man and one woman. Then other countries around the world are reaffirming marriage as one man and one woman and rejecting this radicalized homosexual agenda…

Barber: This is a very dangerous lifestyle that countries like Russia are, in addition to reestablishing and saying no, marriage is what it’s always been, they’re saying additionally we are going to stop this homosexual activist propaganda from corrupting children in our nation and we need to see that right here in the United States.

So he lied. How unsurprising.

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  • John Pieret

    Lying to Congress used to be a serious charge. It was always a dubious connection but, given the teabagger Congresscritters, lying and Congress are now fast friends.

  • noe1951

    I f Cohen knew that he had promoted the Russian laws, and that he was going to question him about it, he should have used the parent-child method. You don’t ask ‘if’ he did something, giving him a way to deny it, you just say ‘why do you support the Russian type laws’.

  • RickR

    Staver Lies

    Really, you could’ve stopped right there.

  • vmanis1

    Mat Staver is an oxymoron.

    No, I didn’t mistake the meaning of the word: Staver is always contradicting himself.

  • Dr X

    @ Matt Stabber:

    Latin American countries have reaffirmed marriage as one man and one woman.

    Self-deluding jackass. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Brazil and Argentina, inclusive of about 150 millinion Latin Americans. Add to that, millions more in Mexico City and and a couple of Mexican states that have legal same-sex marriage. The latest: earlier this year a district judge ruled that a same-sex couple could marry in the state Michoacan. Proposals and, I would assume cases, are pending in other municipalities.

    Soon, the only governments left in agreement with Stabber will be corrupt third world hell holes and some former commnist dictatoriships still run by authoritarian criminals.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman

    I’m not challenging your ratings here, but do you follow copyright or patent law at all?

    you think of some of the African nations around the world,

    Huh. I thought they were mostly localized to Africa. Learn something new every day.

  • hunter

    Dr. X @5 — Add Uruguay to that list. And in Mexico, if I’m not mistaken, marriages performed in Mexico City (and I assume any other state where legal) must be recognized nationally. In Colombia, strictly speaking same-sex marriage is legal by decision of the Superior Court, but it’s a matter of some contention. And Venezuela seems to be on track to legalize SSM this year.

    As for Staver — he’s just another of what I call “nine Commandment Christians” — seems his copy of the Bible left out the one about bearing false witness.