Skip to comments.Thompson backs state bans on same-sex marriage
Posted on 11/16/2007 8:06:00 PM PST by Josh Painter
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. Cautioning against a federal solution to the controversy over gay marriage, Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson on Friday applauded a Florida group for "taking care of business at home" by seeking a statewide ban on same-sex marriages.
Thompson, who along with other GOP hopefuls has aggressively courted social conservatives before Florida's Jan. 29 primary, spoke to a Florida Family Policy Council dinner audience of more than 300.
The group is trying to get a referendum on the 2008 Florida ballot defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman and forbidding recognition of any other type of union "that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof."
Thompson said the controversy over the definition of marriage is "a totally judicially-made problem" and drew applause when he blasted judges who "make it up as they go along."
In a break with some social conservatives, Thompson does not support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage. But he supports an amendment that would allow states to recognize such marriages only if they are approved by voters or legislatures rather than judges. Thompson's amendment would also specify that no state would have to recognize a same-sex marriage approved in another state.
While not specifically addressing the issue of a federal marriage amendment in his remarks Friday, Thompson told the group that the federal government is a "weak partner" that should not be relied upon.
"The best solution begins at home, and let's keep it that way," Thompson said. "That's why it's so important that people in this room and others that have joined you are doing what you're doing with this marriage amendment here in the state. You're not waiting for somebody else to take care of it. You're taking care of business at home..."
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Fred is for state’s rights when it comes to abortion, too, meaning abortionists will make a bee line for the states that offer abortion on demand. A nightmare! Fred is opposed to a Human Life Amendment.
I heard Fred on TV saying he’s against prosecuting women/girls who have abortions. Who isn’t?! It has always been our desire to prosecute abortionists. Always! I think Fred is out of touch.
Another Romulin..........Lord spare us the flip flopper!
You really should not make fun of Romney when your guy was behind McCain-Feingold and is against a Human Life Amendment. I like Mitt!
I grew up in Mass. I know the game far better than you do, and nobody ever came out of there in my 53 years who was worth a damn!
Of course he still has Jim Bopp, I have not seen him roll out from under the bus...
“and nobody ever came out of there in my 53 years who was worth a damn!”
Whoa, FReeper pal, I’m sure you are worth something. You’re a FReeper, ain’t ya?
You do not elect them because they will shade the truth for who pays them or shade the truth for themselves!
Massachusetts is a perfect example of what happens when liberals make all the rules. They cram preposterous liberal ideas down the gullets of all Americans. Mitt Romney was elected by liberals because that is what he is. He is a RINO. Do you know what that means? Republican in Name Only! Mitt is a perfect definition of a RINO, and exactly why Republicans will eventually reject him. Maybe thats what you are too so you just dont recognize it?
The day after I graduated from Boston College, I left there, never to return.
I wasn’t born there. My parents moved us to Newton Mass. when I was 12 I am not a native, and if I were, I would deny it. It is a perverse left wing hellhole, worse than San Francisco.
You must be getting wet and cold in that glass house...
Put down the rocks while you still have a little shelter...
You may want to not use that...
“She” says she was happy with his run but then when he got in he went “anti gay” on “her”
Which tells me he did not have the guts to run as he would later govern...
We call that pandering...
Fred is a fence straddler. He wants to be president, but doesn't want to take a leadership role on this important subject.
If the Founding Fathers had just created that conservative benevolent dictatorship...
BTW how many votes do we have on a national marriage amendment...
"In my view, it is not a good idea to go into a [Contract With America] like what was organized by the Republican Party in Washington, laying out a whole series of things which the party said, 'These are the thing's we're going to do.' I think that's a mistake." - Source
"Look, I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush." - Source
I remember in my earliest political experience my father fighting to keep the John Birch Society from playing too strong a role in the Republican Party. He walked out of the Republican National Convention in 1964, when Barry Goldwater said, Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Because he saw that as a tacit approval of the effort the John Birch Society was making to influence the Republican Party. I think that extremists who would force their views on the party and try to shape the party are making a mistake." - Source
"We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them. I won't chip away at them. I believe they help protect us and provide for our safety." - Source
"Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts. These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people." - Source
"I don't think [The Brady Bill's mandated waiting period] will have a massive effect on crime but I think it will have a positive effect." - Source
"I don't line up with the NRA." - Source
"I've been a hunter pretty much all my life." - Source
"I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have, since the time when my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, we should sustain and support it. I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice." - Source
"I think it would be a positive thing to have women have the choice of taking morning-after pills .I would favor having it available." - Source
"There will be children born to same-sex couples, and adopted by same-sax couples, and I believe that there should be rights and privileges associated with those unions and with the children that are part of those unions." - Source
"All people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation." - Source
So will 49 states be able to reject the marriages that occur in one same-sex marriage state?
Will national insurance companies be required to give “spouse coverage” to same sex couples even if it is contrary to the owner’s religious beliefs?
Can you provide proof for that accusation?
Or are you a drive-by poster?
We have a constitutional amendment prohibiting the Clintons from seeking a third term but they are being treated as serious contenders all the same.
And you have the gall to make comments about Fred’s past?
Talk about the height of hypocrisy!
True, Tell me is he for are against today, are is he letting his attorney's take a look at it and will get back to you. :)
“True, Tell me is he for are against today, are is he letting his attorney’s take a look at it and will get back to you. :)”
Romney will take it under advisement : )
Why don’t you ask Mitt it was his state?
I wonder if we can get a Clinton specific amendment retrofitted...
I don't understand how people are fooled by Romney either.
Oh no! Guess the hate Rudy threads will have to merge with the hate Fred threads after all.
This was a thread about Fred and the Fredheads turned it into an anti-Romney thread. Very telling.
Despite your strong protestations, I think you are worth more than a damn, even though you came out of Massachusetts. You shouldn't be so hard on yourself :-)
Oh please, SD got all this started as usual in just the second post (an almost record for her)
So now what is telling again?
Wrong, poster #2 fired the first shot and missed.
This was a thread about Fred and then the Mittheads jumped in to bash Fred (as usual) with the same tired old horse manure that has been debunked over and over again here at FR (as usual), and so the Fredheads then handed the Mittheads their azzes (as usual). And now, apparently the Mittheads are bawling about it like the whining crybabies they are (as usual).
Actually, my family left South Bend in 1965(I was 12)
My dad was a Professor of English at Notre Dame, and he had a fight with Hesburgh. I loved South Bend, and hated Boston from day one.
“This was a thread about Fred and then the Mittheads jumped in to bash Fred (as usual) with the same tired old horse manure that has been debunked over and over again here at FR (as usual), and so the Fredheads then handed the Mittheads their azzes (as usual). And now, apparently the Mittheads are bawling about it like the whining crybabies they are (as usual).”
YOU ARE RAPIDLY BECOMING ONE OF MY FAVORITE frEEPERS !
Comes under the heading of:
Don’t start none, won’t be none...
I hear lots of talk about Romney and Guiliani. Even Huckabee. Not so much about Fred. He better make a mover pretty quick or he’ll just be a footnote to this campaign.
Instead of countering SD with positive support of Fred’s program almost all the posts are he usual anti-Mitt smears. Why don’t you defend your candidate?
He has some very interesting stuff there about an amendment that would apparently block judicial review of certain types of legislation. I’d like to know how that would work.
There is nothing like the smell of fried Mittheads in the morning (or evening, or afternoon, or anytime....:))
Feel free to read the article and look into Fred’s work to catch a glimpse into his mindset and see how this would play.
We are living in strange times. Where are the F’ing conservatives??
I agree with FRed’s position, and his reasoning. So does the National Right to Life Council, and many others.
yeah, but our guy was behind it to help stop mpeople like Myth.
Besides, it’s not our guy who tried to tax contributions and eliminate PACS altogether, now is it?
Nor is it our guy who pushed a socialistic mandatory health care program that advertises $50.00 abortions.
Nor is it our guy who lost 33,000 members of his own party in four years.
Nor is our guy who killed off 233,000 jobs inbhis home State in four years.
Nor is our guy the number 8 rated RINO in the Country.