Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The exquisite incoherence of Rep. Steve King

During a speech to a group of anti-abortion activists, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) had a strange reaction to the Iowa Supreme Court's ruling legalzing same-sex marriage in that state:

For the most part King stopped short of encouraging people to defy the decision handed down by the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday that declared the state’s law banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

“This decision by the [Iowa] Supreme Court puts us in a position where we can either defy the court — which I would prefer to do, but I don’t see the appetite out there to do that,” the congressman said.
I really can't figure out what he means.

"Defying the court" would consist of gay Iowans refusing to exercise their right to get married. Of course, it's not clear at all why they would do that. I suppose some might be willing to remain second-class citizens in order to soothe Rep. King's troubled psyche, but I don't imagine too many gay Iowans have that much sympathy for him.

[h/t Steve Benen]

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