Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gov Mark Sanford (South Carolina) on issues of marriage

From On the Issues:

No civil unions; define one-man-one-woman marriage

Q Should South Carolina recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
A: No.
Q: Should South Carolina restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
A: Yes.
Source: 2002 SC Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

I rarely comment on politicians' extra-marital affairs. I do not condone the practice, but they're usually personal errors.

However, as most US readers know, Gov Sanford admitted yesterday to an affair with a woman in Argentina who was a close friend. He is free to continue to hold his present anti-LGBT stance, and advocates should not condemn him for that. However, he had best refrain from commenting on the issue in the future - people would laugh in his face.

Additionally, there are some indications that key staffers did not know where he was during his 5-day absence. He could well have asked staff to mislead the media if asked, but if he did not make proper provisions for a change of command while he was away, this would be very poor governance.

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