To discuss whether gay marriage will be an issue in the 2012 election, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews had former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, now a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, and gay rights activist Ross Levi, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, on his show to debate. In the course of questioning them, Matthews had this rambling intro to a question:
[Entire segment is available here.]
In case you missed it, Matthews said [with my emphasis]:
Ross, I’ve watched politicians, like in Ohio in the 2004 election, with the help of Don King, the fight promoter, get black clergymen up in Cleveland, the Cleveland area, to get their flocks to vote against the Democratic candidate, John Kerry, on that issue. They got the vote out. They create a lot of rumble and excitement about the evils of same-sex marriage in communities that you’re very much in need of more marriages, obviously, because they’re unstable in many ways, some of the families.
“Obviously”? Let’s assume his saying black communities need more marriages is not because he thinks too many blacks just live together in otherwise traditional family arrangements (what liberal would complain about that?), but because he believes too many black households are headed by single mothers. It’s still hard to understand how he makes the leap from that to how gay “married” households will have any effect on that. How will black communities will be made stable if instead of promoting traditional marriage for unwed mothers they promote gay marriage instead? That will stablize fatherless households? Gays are now going to have to set the proper example for them?
This is yet another accidental example of the convoluted, low opinion that the liberal elite holds of the people they claim to support.