A gay man literally stood up for his rights in Iowa today during a rally hosted by GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty. Details and video, after the jump.
Asked the hero while Pawlenty fielded questions at the Iowa State Fair:
"I want to know know — when will you stand up for me…because you are discriminating against me and it hurts, it really does...I support that you have your moral values, but that is something that is hurting my future and how I get to live my life…why does government get involved in our marriages?"
Pawlenty's response amounted to nothing more than disgust wrapped in politics.
"From my perspective, I'm not at the point, nor will I ever be at the point, where I will say that every domestic relationship is the same as traditional marriage...The relationship between a man and a woman in a traditional marriage is important to our country, our society, our culture. I think it should remain elevated, not just in our words, but under our laws — that's why I've supported laws, in fact have authored laws, to maintain marriage as between a man and a woman."
The Minnesotan continued by asking the former Minnesota governor if, should he be elected president, he would view gay Americans as second-class citizens.
"We're just going to have a respectful disagreement, sir," answered the anti-gay candidate.