Georgia pastor and GOP congressional candidate Jody Hice claimed repeatedly on his radio show today that gay people have the same rights as heterosexuals.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Hice, who is running for Rep. Paul Broun’s seat, insisted, "There are no rights that are missing" for gay people (audio below).
Hice brought up gay marriage, an area which homosexuals do not have the same rights as heterosexuals in most states.
“Well, what rights are we talking about?” stated Hice. "Gay people have the same rights as everybody else. There are no rights that are missing. They have the same rights as anyone. We are Americans and we all have the same rights.”
“People have been loving one another as companions and so forth for a long, long time and they have been giving care to one another for a long, long time without calling every instance of love and mutual care, without calling that marriage," added Hice. "But now all of a sudden we have the demand to fundamentally redefine the word 'marriage.'”
However, Hice failed to mention that "marriage" was "fundamentally" redefined in 1967 when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in the case of Loving v. Virginia, which gave white and black people the right to marry each other.
“Homosexuals have the right to be married but what they are demanding, in reality, is that marriage be redefined to suit them,” Hice later claimed (audio below).
However, the definition of marriage per the law would have to be changed for homosexuals to legally marry.
“We already have marriage laws that prevent people from marrying the person they love," stated Hice.
Hice named various classes of people (polygamists, siblings) who cannot get married even though they may "love" each other (as homosexuals "love" each other).
According to The Washington Post, Hice is likely to win in November even though he has said that the First Amendment should not protect Islam, compared being born gay with being born violent and stated that women could only hold political positions if they got their husband's permission.