This year both Republican challenger Jackie Burleson and current Incumbent Democrat Rita Mayfield (pictured left) who are running for in the 60th state House race have BOTH stated that they are against same-sex marriage.
Burleson, a construction worker takes the typical GOP route saying that he believes marriage is for procreation and should be between a man and a woman.
“I have a very big problem with the use of the word ‘marriage.’” he said. “I’ve been married 40 years. That word actually means something.” and complained that the family has “dissolved” in our society and said “the gay marriage issue fits right into that.”
But the really (bad) surprise here is Incumbent Democrat Rita Mayfield .
Mayfield, who is finishing her first full term in the House, said survey data indicates her constituents don’t support legalizing gay marriage, even though according to a PPI poll taken statewide early this month, just one in five registered voters opposes both civil unions and same-sex marriage. Mayfield also states she personally she has “mixed emotions” about gay marriage and notes that members and leaders of her church — the New Way of Life Church of God in Christ — disapproves of “that lifestyle.”
“We do not allow those types of behaviors in our church at all,” said Mayfield, who was appointed to the House following the death of Rep. Eddie Washington in 2010 and elected later that year. “Not that you can’t come there, but if you do you’re not going to be blatant. What you do at home needs to stay at home.”
Mayfield has also said that she doesn’t understand why same-sex couples would want to get married.
“I’m still not clear on why they feel the need for marriage when you’ve got civil unions,” she said. “One of the answers I was told is that civil unions didn’t give them enough. How much more do you want?”
Mayfield who is ironically endorsed by the AFL-CIO and SEIU is the typical Midwest small-minded politician who cannot separate her church from her state and can’t even begin to comprehend that discrimination is still discrimination. It is not always about race.
I wonder how and what Ms. Mayfield would think if it was the 1960’s and a politician said to here. “You can already ride on the bus, does it matter that it’s on the back? How much more do you people want?”
Welcome to the Midwest everyone.