North Carolina Republican Compares Gay Marriage to Marrying a Dog

| by Michael Allen

In Greensboro, N.C., yesterday, Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., who is running for a U.S. congressional seat, reportedly told a sixth grade student that gay marriage was like “a man marrying a dog.”

Berger, a Republican, joined several other GOP candidates at the Greensboro Montessori School where students asked them questions, noted RawStory.com.

Student Lana Torres said she supported same-sex marriage and asked Berger his stance on gay rights.

Berger recalled his support of Amendment One, which only recognized "traditional marriage" between a man and a woman.

“He talked about a man marrying a dog,” Torres told the News & Record. “I found that really offensive, that he would compare gay marriage to something so offensive and outrageous.”

Two more GOP candidates called into question global warming science.

“First, we need to find unbiased people with an objective viewpoint to look at this, and if there are issues, then we address them,” said Mike Causey.

“I think we’re heading into another Ice Age, not getting warmer,” added Charles Sutherland. “We need to prepare for that.”

MediaMatters.org recently reported on the "global cooling" theory that is being pushed by Fox News, which has cited a few published studies in the early days of climate science back in the 1970s. 

TIME magazine adds:

The reality is that scientists in the 1970s were just beginning to understand how climate change and aerosol pollution might impact global temperatures. Add in the media-hype cycle -- which was true then as it is now -- and you have some coverage that turned out to be wrong. But thanks to the Internet, those stories stay undead, recycled by notorious climate skeptics like George Will. Pay no attention to the Photoshop. It's the science we should heed -- and the science says man-made climate change is real and very, very worrying. 

Sources: TIME, MediaMatters.org, News & Record, RawStory.com