GOP Nom Dave Brat Unclear on Marriage Equality Stance
Randolph Macon Professor Dave Brat has made headlines for his unprecedented win in the bid for VA’s 7th congressional District seat, but while Eric Cantor’s stance on marriage equality was well known, Brat’s is still up for debate.
In the “Protecting Values” section of his campaign’s website, Brat promises to “protect the rights of the unborn and the sanctity of marriage, and will oppose any governmental intrusion upon the conscience of people of faith.”
Brat’s website also states the candidate “understands that the most important factor in our nation’s success is the strength of the family unit.”
Does that family unite include same-sex families?
The Wall Street Journal thinks it might – Brat could lean more towards the Libertarian argument supporting same-sex marriage which purports any government involvement in marriage is unnecessary, including regulating who can and cannot get married.
From the WSJ with a quote from Brat’s essay “God and Advanced Mammon — Can Theological Types Handle Usury and Capitalism?”:
Mr. Brat also criticizes both ends of the political spectrum for inconsistencies. He blasts conservatives for the pursuit of individual liberty while pushing laws restricting abortion, gay marriage and gambling. He writes:
Can Christians force others to follow their ethical teachings on social issues? Note that consistency is lacking on all sides of this issue. The political Right likes to champion individual rights and individual liberty, but it has also worked to enforce morality in relation to abortion, gambling, and homosexuality. The Left likes to think of itself as the bulwark of progressive liberal individualism, and yet it seeks to progressively coerce others to fund every social program under the sun via majority rule. Houston, we have a problem. Coercion is on the rise. What is the root word for liberalism? (Answer: Liberty)
In an interview with ABC news, Brat could have provided an additional hint on his same-sex marriage stance when he told the national outlet he wanted to return the country to traditional values:
“This isn’t a personal race. I’m not running against Eric,” he stressed. “I’m just running on the founding principles that Adam Smith and free markets – they made us the greatest nation on the Earth. All right? It’s no mystery. Our rights, tradition, along with free markets and the Judeo-Christian tradition all together made us the greatest nation on the face of the Earth. I think we’re veering off course a little bit there and I want to get us back on that course that brought us to greatness.”
Now most of the suspicion is based on buzz words – Judeo-Christian tradition, sanctity of marriage – often associated with the conservative right’s fight against same-sex marriage, and we probably shouldn’t be surprised when a republican candidate from Virginia aims to hurt marriage equality, but perhaps his commitment to small government could include ending laws on the books which block same-sex families from being fairly recognized.
Requests for comment from the Brat campaign were denied, but this story will be updated when answers are received.
image via Brat’s facebook page
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