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Rachel Maddow Gets Emotional While Discussing Mike Pence's Anti-Gay Stance

Rachel Maddow Gets Emotional While Discussing Mike Pence's Anti-Gay Stance

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow got emotional while talking about Vice President-elect Mike Pence‘s anti-gay stance on the Friday night episode of her show.

The host discussed how Pence‘s politics were overshadowed throughout the election and there was never even one day devoted to focusing on his views.

Maddow highlighted the fact that Pence signed legislation during his time as governor of Indiana that made it a felony to lie on a marriage license application, a law to prevent same-sex couples from applying. Since there were only spaces for a man and a woman on the application, it would technically be a “lie” if two men or two women applied.

“When the Republican party picked as their nominee this year Donald Trump, a man who has honestly kind of a confusing, incoherent position on a lot of culture war issues, including gay rights, you would think it would’ve been really huge news,” Maddow said. “You’d think it would’ve been an acute point of focus in this campaign when the Republican presidential nominee — who has this strange, sort of hard to follow, internally contradictory set of policies on these issues — he picked as his running mate the most vociferously and consistently anti-gay statewide elected official in the country.”

Maddow also explained how Pence is “really, really out there” with his views on AIDS funding and more. Watch below.

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  • John Dow

    The United States is not united anymore. We don’t have Americans, we have: Whites, Blacks, African-Americans, Asians, gays, lesbians, transgenders, muslims etc. and all these groups have some special rights. Our country is so divided by the democrats and so-called human rights activists, that the U.S. is on the edge of falling apart.

  • John Dow

    The United States is not united anymore. We don’t have Americans, we have: Whites, Blacks, African-Americans, Asians, gays, lesbians, transgenders, muslims etc. and all these groups have some special rights. Our country is so divided by the democrats and so-called human rights activists, that the U.S. is on the edge of falling apart.

  • Cruizin1960

    I get it…I really do. However, there are actually more pressing matters that concern Americans at this point in time and LGBT issues are not at the top of the list.

  • Matt

    LGBT rights are human rights, and now human rights in the US are in serious jeopardy. So they may not be at the top, but they are still close.

  • Brad

    No they’re not. Gays have no special rights. Get in line with society and stop acting like you’re special.

  • Brad

    No they’re not. Gays have no special rights. Get in line with society and stop acting like you’re special.

  • Carmex

    I am homosexual, and I don’t like either Trump or Clinton, but people are aware that Clinton was against gay marriage before? Why isn’t that anywhere in the media?

  • Carmex

    I am homosexual, and I don’t like either Trump or Clinton, but people are aware that Clinton was against gay marriage before? Why isn’t that anywhere in the media?

  • Hugh1

    Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, made it a class 6 felony to apply for a marriage license if you are gay. Mike Pence is the most anti-gay ex-Governor in the US, dedicating his career to making life miserable for gays in Indiana – and to throw them in jail if they didn’t know their place. Creep. So please excuse me for upsetting you and your white heterosexual friends and family. Yessir masser John.

  • Hugh1

    Perhaps you should read what is in the media and you would understand the history of gay rights, and “don’t ask don’t tell”, and the evolution of those who opposed same sex marriage. The phrase, “I am a homosexual”, is odd – it’s, I am gay, or I am homosexual. You’re not a potted plant.

  • Hugh1

    Perhaps you should read what is in the media and you would understand the history of gay rights, and “don’t ask don’t tell”, and the evolution of those who opposed same sex marriage. The phrase, “I am a homosexual”, is odd – it’s, I am gay, or I am homosexual. You’re not a potted plant.

  • Arx

    Perhaps because she ISNT PRESIDENT ELECT!!!!!!!!! Hilary Clinton is nothing but a memory now (for better probably) instead we have to face Trump and that awful man Mike Pence.

  • Arx

    Perhaps because she ISNT PRESIDENT ELECT!!!!!!!!! Hilary Clinton is nothing but a memory now (for better probably) instead we have to face Trump and that awful man Mike Pence.

  • Arx

    Perhaps because she ISNT PRESIDENT ELECT!!!!!!!!! Hilary Clinton is nothing but a memory now (for better probably) instead we have to face Trump and that awful man Mike Pence.

  • Arx

    Perhaps because she ISNT PRESIDENT ELECT!!!!!!!!! Hilary Clinton is nothing but a memory now (for better probably) instead we have to face Trump and that awful man Mike Pence.

  • Carmex

    How do you know I am not a potted plant?

  • Hugh1

    Excellent point.

  • Hugh1

    Clueless.

  • Matt

    Gay people don’t want special rights, just the same rights as everyone else. The same human rights that straight people have.

  • John Dow

    They have the same rights as everyone else.

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  • plez

    Because she educated herself and changed her mind. In 2017 there will be a man one step from the presidency that thinks gays should not exist on this earth.

  • Sabrina

    Special rights? You are so delusional it’s not even funny anymore.

  • Sabrina

    Really? Are they allowed to marry or adopt children? Are there anti-discrimination laws to protect them from getting fired because of their sexual orientation? Are they protected from nutjobs who commit hate crimes? In all US states? You are delusional.

  • Sabrina

    Only somebody who belongs to the privileged people and doesn’t even know that and therefore gives a crap about LGBT rights could write that. Pathetic!

  • John Dow

    You are either mentally retarded or just very stupid. What you wrote is a perfect example of special rights.

    PS. I have a surprise for you. Because of the SCOTUS ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, now pedophiles want to have the same rights.

  • plez

    Pence who has said he is a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”
    You see that he did not mention being an American.
    It was Pence that said if a Muslim became a Christian maybe he would care about refugees.
    Our country is divided because Americans have stopped seeing and treating their fellow human being like they would want to be treated.

  • Matt

    Not entirely. Some states don’t allow gay couples hospital visitation rights or adoption of children, or putting partners on insurance. Gay rights are slowly spreading across the country, but with VP Pence that is up in the air, and there is a very, VERY real chance that a law will make its way to Trump’s desk outlawing it at a federal level.

  • plez

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
    Trump and Pence embraced racism, sexism, bigotry, bullying and hatred. I could add more. But millions (who I think are mostly good people) said I don’t care it’s not my problem. If we only learn from our history. When one group is hurting; we all start hurting.

  • John Dow

    I hope so. I’m so tired of all that «special rights for a special group of people» bullshit.

  • Cruizin1960

    Well, since I don’t consider myself privileged, guess that blows your assumption out of the water. Don’t take my word for it…look at the Pew Research study. http://www.people-press.org/2016/07/07/4-top-voting-issues-in-2016-election/

    LGBT issues are at the bottom of the list.

  • Cruizin1960

    Well, since I don’t consider myself privileged, guess that blows your assumption out of the water. Don’t take my word for it…look at the Pew Research study. http://www.people-press.org/2016/07/07/4-top-voting-issues-in-2016-election/

    LGBT issues are at the bottom of the list.

  • Cruizin1960

    http://www.people-press.org/2016/07/07/4-top-voting-issues-in-2016-election/ LGBT rights are at the bottom of the list.

    Saying that human rights in the US are in jeopardy is no different than the ridiculous fears that Trump will launch us into nuclear war. With the issue so far down the list of voters concerns, chances of any action against human rights is minimal.

  • John Dow

    > racism, sexism, bigotry, bullying and hatred.

    These are the pillars of the Democratic party. You should follow your own advice and learn the history of the United States and the Democratic party.

  • John Dow

    > racism, sexism, bigotry, bullying and hatred.

    These are the pillars of the Democratic party. You should follow your own advice and learn the history of the United States and the Democratic party.

  • John Dow

    > racism, sexism, bigotry, bullying and hatred.

    These are the pillars of the Democratic party. You should follow your own advice and learn the history of the United States and the Democratic party.

  • Matt

    So Muslims, black people, and women don’t deserve the same rights as white men. Got it. And the Republicans have been wanting to take away the rights of women, Muslims, and LGBT folks since forever, and now they have a president who will. He will sign anything, and they will jump at the chance to diminish their rights. Anyone who thinks otherwise is mental.

  • Matt

    It’s not special rights, just the same rights as everyone else.

  • John Dow

    They have the same rights as everyone else, but they want to have some special rights because of their mental disorders. Those are special rights.

  • Chas Mcarty

    In 2008, Pence was voted to #3 republican in the house. Committee Chairperson whose job was to form and implement the party message. That message became 8 years of hate and division. It came from Pense. All opposition was labeled Liberal and Liberals were demonized so badly that it resulted in open talk of violence towards them,

  • Sabrina

    Actually that confirms my assumption that you don’t realize that you’re privileged ;-). And what do you want to proof with that study?

  • Sabrina

    Oh my, you apparently have the IQ of a piece of bread if you can’t differentiate between equal rights and special rights and if you have the notion that same sex couples should be compared to pedophiles… But actually I didn’t need your statement above to know that you are not the brightest bulb.

  • John Dow

    You’re definitely retarded. You don’t even understand how the system works and you don’t know the laws of the U.S.

  • Carmex

    Lol, or maybe because it was starting become more and more popular to legalize gay marriage and she “changed” her mind because she wanted LGBT votes.

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  • Hugh1

    Classic homophobic projection.

  • Hugh1

    What? John, get a grip.

  • Matt

    You’re an idiot. Try walking into a courthouse in Texas and asking to marry your same-sex partner.

  • John Dow

    You are so fucking stupid. You don’t even understand how the system works.

  • Sabrina

    Aha.

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