With a name like Michael Steele, you really only have two choices in life: porn star or politician. Granted, there’s some job description overlap, but when it comes right down to it, you either have to have a big dick or you have to act like one.
Having chosen the later of the two, Michael Steele is now the chairman of the Republican Party. Perhaps the party wanted someone a little, er, “manlier” than 2005-2007 chairman Ken “Who, me gay?” Mehlman. And by “manlier” I mean gay-hating, not just self-hating.
Steele has wasted no time making clear what side of the rainbow he stands. He’s not a man to spare the rod where gays are concerned (Get it? Rod? Ha!).
On Feb. 23, as a guest on Mike Gallagher’s radio show, Steele said only a nut would be for any kind of equality for same-sex couples.
Gallagher asks, “Is this a time when Republicans ought to consider some sort of alternative to redefining marriage and maybe in the road, down the road to civil unions. Do you favor civil unions?”
“No, no, no. What would we do that for? What are you, crazy? No,” Steele says. “Why would we backslide on a core, founding value of this country? I mean this isn’t something that you just kind of like, “Oh well, today I feel, you know, loosey-goosey on marriage. I mean, this is a foundational principle of the country. It is the foundational principle of organized society. This isn’t something that, you know, in America we decided, ‘Well, let’s make it between a man and a woman. Oh, let’s change our minds and make it between anyone and anyone.’ No.”
So there’s no room for a conversation about civil unions? asks Gallagher.
“What’s the difference?” Steele responds, and goes on to pretty much say civil unions are the same thing as marriage.
“Is it going to, do you want the benefits, or is it going to something else? If you want the benefits there’s a little thing called contract law, you can get power of attorney. There are a whole number of ways in which two individuals can care for each other and look out for each other without having to put the imprimatur of marriage on their foreheads.”
Spoken like a true defender of traditional marriage. Not only does Steele take the many rights and privileges he receives as a man legally married to a woman for granted, he also is apparently equating marriage with some kind of mark of the beast.
Ironically, Steele is the co-founder of the Republican Leadership Council, a group that dares associate with Republicans who favor gay rights. But who cares about them now? The big GOP guns are still the ones who think bashing gays is the way to go.
Indeed, Steele has apparently aligned himself with the GOP right wing. “Tonight, we tell America that Republican values, conservative values, are right for America,” he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “I am here tonight to reject the idea that defeats of the past are a repudiation of core conservative values and principles,” he said. “Nor do I believe that those defeats are a sign of things to come.”
Who’s crazy now?