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#SC01 UPDATE: Mark Sanford Cites His Vote for DOMA in Local TV Roundtable

Posted on | March 30, 2013 | 8 Comments

Campaign signs outside Thursday’s debate venue

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford cited his vote for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) during a TV appearance with Republican rival Curtis Bostic, three days before their runoff in the 1st District special congressional election.

Appearing in a televised half-hour debate Saturday morning on Charleston NBC affiliate WCBD-TV’s “Beyond the Headlines” program, both Bostic and Sanford expressed their opposition to same-sex marriage. Sanford, who represented the 1st District for three terms beginning in 1995, referred to his own 1996 vote for DOMA, which President Clinton signed into law.

“I think that ultimately, you know, marriage is a sacrament and, you know, it is something that is ultimately in the purview of faith rather than civil authority,” said Sanford, whose 2009 sex scandal resulted in his own divorce, as well as a censure by the state legislature and a $74,000 ethics fine. “I voted, when  I was in the United States Congress, for the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. It is not say, tragically, that every marriage makes it, but that this is the ideal we ought to be aiming for.”

DOMA was the subject of a Supreme Court hearing Wednesday, with several justices voicing skepticism about its constitutionality. In Saturday’s TV forum, Bostic called for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman under federal law.





  • Christy Waters

    Damn! I just snarfed my coffee! Wow, if hypocrisy had a stench, Sanford would smell like a teenage boy’s sweat sock. If Sanford wins the runoff, the Dems will pickup a seat. IMO

  • Charles G Hill

    “Sacrament,” he says. Well, that explains the pilgrimage to Argentina.

  • Jaynie59

    Sanford talking about marriage is like Romney talking about Obamacare.
    Republicans will never learn. This country is absolutely, totally, and completely doomed. We need a third party, and that party needs to keep out all idiots like Sanford, well meaning but flawed candidates like Romney, and anybody who has ever been anywhere near a libertarian.

  • K-Bob

    An amendment is what it will take. So far every place where I’ve seen proposed amendments, though, the authors think they are writing a replacement for Obamacare.

    The amendment has to be no more than two sentences long, and it should not reference religion. It should read like the rest of the Constitution.

  • RichFader

    Oh. My. Jesus.

    If I’m in that studio, I’m sidling away from him to avoid getting hit by the lightning.

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