Although Priebus said he supports equal rights for gay Americans, including fair treatment in the workplace and hospital visitations, he pushed back against the suggestion that same-sex marriage falls in the same “civil rights” category.
"I don’t think it’s a matter of civil rights. I think it’s just a matter of whether or not we’re going to adhere to something that’s been historical and religious and legal in this country for many, many years," Priebus said. "I mean, marriage has to have a definition, and we just happen to believe it’s between a man and woman."
He also sought to contrast Jim Crow laws, which enforced segregation, with bans on same-sex marriage, a comparison some have made following the president’s announcement Wednesday that he now supports such unions.
"I think there’s a big difference between people that have been murdered and everything else that has come with Jim Crow, than marriage between a man and man and a woman and a woman," he said.
He wants to talk about what has been historically legal in this country?
Susan B. Anthony was arrested in 1872 for voting. The 19th Amendment prohibiting sex-based voting discrimination wasn’t passed until 1920. 133 years after this country adopted the Constitution. It’s crazy to me to think that my grandparents were born in an age when women couldn’t vote. 1920 might have been almost a hundred years ago, but it really is only two lifetimes away.
And great job comparing gay equal rights with “people that have been murdered and everything else.” Because, you know, gay people haven’t been murdered in this country for being gay or anything.
As long as this country continues to encourage different classes of equality, it will also continue to encourage discrimination.