I got a chance to hear KDKA's afternoon drive guy, Mike Pintek (an unapologetic conservative) talk about marriage equality for an hour or so this afternoon. The frame was (basically) found in this KDKA story:
Now that one county in Pennsylvania will issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, the question is who will marry those folks?In discussing Mayors Fetterman and Forgie, Mike Pintek presented his own views (which are shockingly close to mine). Basically, he said that:
It turns out that there’s one mayor right here in this region who would be happy to do the honors.
“The government has no place in deciding who you can love as a person, and I would just welcome the chance of performing a same-sex ceremony,” Braddock Mayor John Fetterman told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Friday.
Fetterman says some rights trump the law.
“Whether that’s civil disobedience, or breaking the law, it’s doing the right thing,” adds Fetterman.
A member of FreedomToMarry.Org, Mayor Adam Forgie of Turtle Creek supports same-sex marriage, but he won’t marry gay couples yet.
- it wasn't the government's business to dictate who could or couldn't get married
- two consenting adults (of whatever gender) should be free to get married
- he never heard ANY good explanation about how two "gay guys" (his term, not mine) getting married affected anyone else's life or marriage
He even deflected the silly "but marriage is for procreation" argument from at least one caller.
Let's give credit where credit is due. As disagreeable as Mike Pintek could be on any number of other issues, on this one he's absolutely right (and good for him on this!).
Mike Pintek is in favor of marriage equality.