Rachel Maddow Fights Jim DeMint Over Gay Marriage Comments

Rachel Maddow appeared on Sunday’s Meet the Press where she went on the offensive against Jim DeMint and other conservatives who have attacked the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision.

Maddow took issue with a largely held conservative view that gay marriages produce bad parents and misadjusted children.

Both Jim DeMint and Ralph Reed expressed their opposition to the Supreme Courts DOMA ruling. In his argument DeMint says a marriage between a man and a woman is “better for children.”

Maddow quickly shot back, noting that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is “humiliating and demeaning” for children raised by those parents.

Rachel Maddow then continued:

“Gay people exist. There’s nothing we can do in public policy that makes more of us exist, or less of us exist. And you guys have been arguing for a generation that public policy ought to essentially demean gay people as a way of expressing disapproval of the fact that we exist, but you don’t make any less of us exist. You just are arguing in favor of more discrimination, and more discrimination doesn’t make straight people’s lives any better.”

After hearing her comment Ralph Reed said her argument would mean that President Obama was a “bigot” until fourteen months ago when he reversed his support for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Maddow went back on the offensive, telling Reed and Jim DeMint:

“No one’s calling anybody a bigot. You’re the only one who’s saying ‘bigot.'”

Ralph Reed then said Republican voters would not stand for the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision and would ultimately fight back during mid-term elections.

Maddow doesn’t believe Republican voters will change anything because of DOMA, in fact she points out that three major challenges to gay marriage were recently defeated by voters.

Here is the full Meet The Press appearance:

Do you think Rachel Maddown and Jim DeMint will continue to spar over the US Supreme Court’s DOMA decision?