Miller To Maddow On Gay Marriage: ‘I Want To Be Straight With You’ (VIDEO)

Joe Miller has been known for giving the press the runaround and, in his interview today with Rachel Maddow, he took that rather literally. The approximately five-minute interview took place as Miller was walking from a roof, down to his car, with Maddow peppering him with questions about same sex marriage as they walked.

Maddow asked him if he’d support a constitutional ban on same sex marriage. “That’s up to the people,” Miller said. “If you get a three quarters vote ratifying — I’d vote for it.”Miller wouldn’t comment on the anti-gay Christian activist he paid as a campaign consultant, but when Maddow asked if being gay is a choice, he replied: “I think that’s up to the individual. The individual has to make that decision.”

Maddow asked him to clarify which choice he meant: “About whether or not they’re gay, or about whether or not they believe that?”

Miller took a long pause, and said: “You know, I’m not going to intrude upon an individual’s decision as to what he or she does. The fact of the matter is, it’s a state issue.”

He continued:

We’re an increasingly diverse country. I want to be straight with you. And as a diverse country, I think it’s important that we recognize there are different approaches to different values. I think that’s it’s best for states to be able to make those choices.

He added that though he thinks same sex marriage is “at core a state issue,” there are federal issues like “taxation policy” that are “intertwined.”

Maddow asked: “So you do want a federal role in restricting the states’ ability to legalize gay marriage, but at the state level–”

“That’s not what I said,” Miller interrupted. “I said there are obviously federal decisions made based on the standards of marriage.”


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