You can say, ‘I believe my principles so much, I’m kicking you out.’ You can say, ‘I still believe in my principles, but I love you.’ Or you can say, ‘Gee, I love you so much, I am changing my principles.’ Rob picked the third path. That’s his prerogative.Newt Gingrich • Discussing Sen. Rob Portman’s decision to come out in support of gay marriage as a result of his relationship with his son, Will. Portman’s decision drew strong support from younger conservatives, but among older ones, it might be a tougher sell — just 30 percent of Republicans between 18 and 29 oppose gay marriage, while 68 percent of Republicans between 50 to 64 remain opposed. (In both cases, the total has gone down significantly in the past nine years.)
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes received an odd and very notable distinction last week, as announced on the air by his colleague Rachel Maddow — he was invited to attend this year’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), and appear on a panel called “Washington CSI,” a retrospective analysis of the bygone 2012 election season. This is, needless to say, not the kind of invite liberal TV hosts get too often, and Hayes’ views are in more radical discord with modern conservatism than most. He could have shared the stage with such luminaries as Michael Barone and Ralph Reed, and by his account was enthused to attend, until he remembered a crucial fact about the conference — they barred GOPROUD from sponsorship last year, as social conservatives took a dim view of the intersection of conservative politics and gay rights. So, he told them he’d only attend if GOPROUD was brought into the fold as well. That CPAC wholly excised Hayes’ invitation from their updated schedule today is suggestive of how they felt about his bargain. (We’re having some troubles with the video embed at present, sincerest apologies. You can view Hayes’ full explanation here.)
obitoftheday asks: I consider myself pretty up on politics, social issues, and pop culture...but for the love of all that is holy, who is that woman in the DOMA post? (I know you reblogged but you all seem like smart folks who have all the answers.)
» SFB says: Why, that’s Edith Windsor, the woman who brought the case on DOMA—the one that could see DOMA overturned for good. As it turns out, Chris Geidner, the guy I reblogged (and one of the best journalists in the country on LGBT issues), wrote a really great profile of her a while back. It’s a must-read. — Ernie @ SFB
AP: In a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS, US President Barack Obama said the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week.
During the interview, Obama praised the scouts as a ‘great institution’ that provides young people with lifelong leadership training and opportunities. He said “no one should be barred from that.”
What direction do you think the Scouts will ultimately go?
I don’t do the gay guys man. I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can’t be…in the locker room man. Nah.San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver • Fanning the flames of controversy by saying gay players would not be welcome on the team. Culliver made the comments to comic and radio host Artie Lange. The 49ers released a statement denouncing the player’s comments: ”The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made [Tuesday], and have addressed the matter with Chris,” they said. “There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”