GOP candidates on same sex marriage rights

Last night in Ames, Iowa, several of the GOP candidates got together for a debate in advance of the weekend’s largely meaningless but apparently highly newsworthy Iowa Straw Poll.

Think Progress has put together this handy short video, and transcript, of all of last night’s candidates – Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman – stating their positions on marriage equality. Unsurprisingly, they all think that we should continue discriminating against same sex couples! With the exception of Jon Huntsman, none of them is even down with civil unions.

Two big GOP figures, Sarah Palin and Rick Perry, were not present last night, which is a shame because you know that if they had been there, they would both have offered a full-throated defense of the rights of gay and lesbian couples. Just kidding: they’re both totally in favor of continued discrimination as well.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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