Rep. Ted Yoho, a Republican (of course) from Florida, went on the Family Research Council’s radio show and told host Craig James that the whole gay marriage thing is a distraction ginned up by Democrats to deflect attention away from the country’s larger problems.
“Here we are in the 21st century redefining an institution that has been around for thousands of years,” Yoho said in response to a question from a listener about the impact of a potential Supreme Court decision, “And we’re spending time — and I’m not saying it’s important not to have those discussions —but we’ve got $18.2 trillion [in debt], we’ve got a broken foreign policy, we’ve got immigration that doesn’t work and so we need to start fixing the major things and I think a lot of these smaller things that are important to people they will solve themselves.”
James, apparently forgetting that his boss at the Family Research Council has warned that a ruling in favor of gay marriage will lead to a revolution, called the whole debate on marriage a Democratic-manufactured distraction “away from reality.”
“It’s a distraction of the 10th degree,” Yoho said. “We’re getting this stuff thrown at us and we really need to start focusing on major issues.”
Apparently he forgot that it was the Republicans who turned the issue into a huge political fight on a national level after the Massachusetts courts ordered the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts. It was Karl Rove and George W. Bush who, along with conservative interest groups, launched dozens of public referendums in 2004 and 2008 because the public opinion polls showed that it would help them win state elections and the 2004 presidential election as well by pushing the Christian right to go to the polls. They were the ones who turned into a national political battle, but now that public opinion polls have shifted, they want it to go away.
And guess what? It’s going to go away. Once the Supreme Court legalizes it nationwide in June, its use as a political issue will quickly fade.