No Evolution Here: GOP Rep. Denies Reported Support For Gay Marriage

Former GOP Rep. Marilyn Musgrave went out of her way to deny a report that she had joined other Republicans in publicly supporting gay marriage. She's happy on the wrong side of history, thank you very much.

Marilyn Musgrave
Marilyn Musgrave, a former Republican congresswoman from Colorado, wants everyone to know that she is not among the people in her party who are evolving on gay marriage. Any reports about her not judging people based solely on which gender they prefer are false. A New York Times story on a group of Republicans who signed a letter in support of gay marriage included Musgrave among the signatories, but Musgrave came out to correct the Times.

"I’m very befuddled by this story,” she told a Fox affiliate in Denver. And, rightfully so. Musgrave sponsored the Federal Marriage Amendment while in office (which would have defined "marriage" legally as being between one man and one woman). She also said in the past that gay marriage would lead to polygamy and group marriage.

The letter that Musgrave didn't sign is being delivered to the Supreme Court, in anticipation of their taking the case on the ongoing legal battle over California's Prop 8, which banned gay marriage, but was then overturned by a judge who deemed it unconstitutional.

I'll make this bet with anyone: in fifty years, it's going to seem only a little less weird that we are in this years-long fight over whether two people of the same gender can marry each other than it does right now that we had the same fight over interracial marriage. People were just as nuts about white people marrying black people, and now those people are definitively on the wrong side of history. It's going to be the same thing with gay marriage, and kudos to the Republicans who did sign that letter for nudging us toward that eventual future.

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