A same-sex swing at the new House speaker ignored some inconvenient truths from President Joe Biden’s own voting record.
Since House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) unabashedly asserted his Biblical values after being elected to the position, fervent leftists have endeavored to smear him as a bigot, particularly for his work with the Christian advocacy group the Alliance Defense Fund.
Fond of busting out his Catholic faith when it stands to benefit him, but not when it would mean his excommunication, the president was no different as his official campaign rapid response team blasted past remarks from Johnson related to homosexuality.
As the Biden-Harris campaign posted on X, “Mike Johnson called for criminalizing gay sex. Johnson called same-sex relations ‘inherently unnatural’ and said it could destroy ‘the entire democratic system.’ He railed against courts for ‘closing bedroom doors’ and upholding the right to privacy.”
The post linked to a CNN report detailing some of the newly-elected speaker’s past statements, but conveniently left out the past positions held by Biden as the senator from Delaware, presidential candidate and vice president.
Stretching back to Sept. 1973, Biden had been questioned by a gay activist about discrimination prompting the then-senator to remark as covered by Wilmington’s The Morning News, “My gut reaction is that [homosexuals] are security risks, but I must admit I haven’t given this much thought…I’ll be darned!”
Twenty years later, the politician, who would one day lambast conservatives over a travel ban that aimed to prevent terrorists from entering the country by calling it xenophobic, had contended he was “ambivalent on the issue” after he voted for an amendment that would prevent HIV positive immigrants from obtaining permanent status in America via the Department of Health and Human Services, The Washington Times had reported in Feb. 1993.
In August of the following year, Biden voted alongside 22 Democrat senators for an amendment to halt federal funds to schools that taught acceptance of homosexuality as a lifestyle in addition to voting for the National Defense Authorization Act of 1994 that included the “don’t ask don’t tell” approved by then President Bill Clinton barring homosexuals from serving openly in the military.
A testament to the radical shift of the Democratic Party on the issue of homosexuality too, Biden voted for the Defense of Marriage Act which defined “marriage” federally as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife” with the term “spouse” meaning “only a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife.”
Those realities didn’t stop the Biden-Harris HQ account from going on to share a screenshot of a guest column written by Johnson regarding a Supreme Court ruling that struck down a Texas law on sodomy. “Here is Mike Johnson calling on states to criminalize same-sex relations, saying states should ‘discriminate’ against ‘homosexual conduct’ and suggesting that states should go even further to enact laws regulating ‘sexual conduct outside marriage.'”
Here is Mike Johnson calling on states to criminalize same-sex relations, saying states should “discriminate” against “homosexual conduct” and suggesting that states should go even further to enact laws regulating “sexual conduct outside marriage” pic.twitter.com/wJyExcyZyH
— Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) October 27, 2023
Three years after Johnson’s take pointing out “There is clearly no ‘right to sodomy’ in the Constitution,” Biden spoke to CNN on why he opposed a constitutional amendment to ban so-called “gay marriage.”
“Look, marriage is between a man and a woman. Tell me why [a constitutional marriage amendment] has to be put in the Constitution now? We already have a federal law that has not been challenged,” the then-senator said. “No one’s declared it unconstitutional. It’s the law of the land, saying marriage is between a man and a woman.”
Later, during his second bid for the White House on a 2007 campaign stop in Iowa, he held to his stance against recognizing such unions when asked “If you’re president, do you see gay marriage in the future?”
“I don’t. Here’s what I do see. I see an absolute guarantee of civil union with the exact same rights. Now, here’s the dilemma. Here’s the dilemma. The truth of the matter is, states have made legal, through licensing, the performance of marriage what religions have essentially consecrated. That’s how they view it,” he stated.
After all that, Biden would still go on to claim while campaigning in Feb. 2020 in New Hampshire, “I was the first major leader holding public office to call for same-sex marriage. So I don’t know what about the past of Barack Obama and Joe Biden was so bad.”
Meanwhile, Johnson did not shy away from his past remarks when confronted directly by Fox News host Sean Hannity as he said, “Let me state this very clearly, and there’s been questions about this, let me say where I am. I am a rule of law guy. I made a career defending the rule of law. I respect the rule of law. When the Supreme Court issued the Obergefell that became the law of the land.”
New Speaker Johnson tells Hannity: ‘Go pick up a Bible off your shelf and read it, that’s my worldview’
Newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson (R-La.) responded to a CNN hit piece alleging that he’s hostile to the LGBTQ lifestyle, referring people to… pic.twitter.com/QHZWpqoA4n
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) October 27, 2023
“I respect the rule of law, but I also genuinely love all people regardless of their lifestyle choices. This is not about the people themselves,” he added before asserting, “I am a Bible-believing Christian.”
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