Fred Thompson, the Law and Order actor who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination, is not a fan of the gays. In fact, not only is he not a fan of the gays, he wants a amendment to enshrine anti-gay discrimination in our nation's constitution to make sure that we know that we are considered second class citizens.
Oh, and he wants a constitutional amendment banning a woman's right to choice.
Here is what he had to say in an interview with CNN reporter John King:
KING: You met this morning privately with some conservative activists in this state, the people who helped people win the caucuses in the past. They say that they were very comfortable with everything said in that private meeting, very comfortable with your agenda. But they say they're skeptical, that they don't want to just hear lipservice; they want to see results. And they want to know over time, as they meet you, would you a President Fred Thompson actively push a presidential amendment banning gay marriage. Would a President Fred Thompson actively push to overturn Roe. V. Wade. What are the answers to those questions?
THOMPSON: Yes, yes, I think that with regard to gay marriage you have a full faith and credit issue. I don't think one state ought to be able to pass a law requiring gay marriage, or allowing gay marriage, and have another state be required to follow along, under full faith and credit. There's some exceptions and exemptions for that. Hasn't happened yet, but I think a federal court very well likely will go in that direction, and a constitutional amendment would cure that. I think Roe v. Wade was a bad decision. I think it was bad law and bad medicine. You don't just get up one day and overturn the entire history of the country with regard to nature major social policy, without any action by Congress, without any action by the American people or constitutional amendment, and that's what happened. It shouldn't have happened. It ought to be reversed.
And he wouldn't just hang out at Camp David and other presidential vacation spots waiting for those amendments to join the thirteenth amendment which abolished slavery, the nineteenth amendment which granted women the right to vote, or the twenty-sixth amendment which gave citizens 18 and over the right to vote. He would actively use the bully pulpit of the White House to strip away legal rights from LGBT people and women.
KING: So it wouldn’t be a speech a year or two speeches a year; you would promise on both of those issues a sustained effort if you were the president?
THOMPSON: Well, I don’t think as the president you can do anything halfway. I mean, if you take a position, you’re bringing the whole office of the presidency there, and you have a bully pulpit. You have an obligation to speak about those things that are important to you, and those things are important.
Apparently for Thompson legislatively beating down on LGBT people and women is more important than ensuring that every American has access to quality medical care, affordable housing, good schools and jobs that enable them to take care of their families.
I am waiting with bated breathe for Thompson's announcement that his faux campaign is going to flip the switch and go live. It promises to be a good old anti-gay time.