Democrats racketed up their rhetoric on same-sex marriage this weekend.
This weekend the Democrats took the President’s widely publicized endorsement of same-sex marriage a step further and compared gay marriage bans to discrimination of blacks during the Civil Rights era.
Saturday Governor Beverly Perdue (D-N.C.) Perdue accused North Carolina citizens – where blacks make up 21 percent of the population – of acting like Mississippi segregationists of the Civil Rights era after North Carolinians voted 2-1 to ban gay marriage in the state’s primary last week.
On State of the Union Sunday morning, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) followed Perdue’s lead and compared the same sex-marriage ban to the 1967 Supreme Court decision that said Virginia’s law banning interracial marriages was a violation of the equality under the laws of due process.
Republican National Committee Chairman (RNC) Reince Priebus pointed out the ignorance of Democrats Civil Rights comparisons on Meet the Press.
“I think there’s a big difference between people that have been murdered and everything else that had come with Jim Crow than marriage between a man and a man and a woman and a woman,” Priebus said.
Despite the two parties’ differences of opinion on the issue of marriage, Priebus said there were areas in which the two parties could find common ground.
“Here’s what we agree on is that people in this country, no matter straight or gay, deserve dignity and respect,” Priebus said. “However this doesn’t mean it carries onto marriage, and I think that most Americans agree that in this country as a legal, historical and religious union, marriage has the definition of one man and one women.”