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Beebe: Still opposed to gay marriage

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 5, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he still believes marriage is between a man and a woman, saying his position hasn't changed after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced his support for gay marriage.

Beebe told reporters Monday that he has faith in McDaniel's ability to defend the state's gay marriage ban despite announcing his support for marriage equality. McDaniel on Saturday said he would continue defending the 2004 amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. A Pulaski County judge is expected to rule this week in a lawsuit challenging that ban.

Beebe, a former attorney general, said part of an attorney general's job is defending measures he may not support personally.

McDaniel is the first statewide elected official in Arkansas to support gay marriage. Beebe and McDaniel are Democrats.

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Dontcallmenames says... May 5, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.

I can't believe Beebe and I actually agree on something. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It is a relationship rooted in human nature and thus governed by natural law.

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WowReally says... May 5, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.

You, "Dontcallmenames", are an imbecile. There are other things rooted in "human nature" that are banned by law (and common sense) that I can almost guarantee that you think should be okay. The same human nature that makes us behave like animals in the way we kill and maim and destroy. The same things are governed by your "natural law". I find it hilarious what you people choose to ignore and what you choose to defend. You can run around quoting bible verses that say being gay is a sin, but you also choose to ignore the bible verses that say women MUST be virgins upon their wedding day. There are others that say men should have as many wives as he can get. That a woman who gets a divorce must be stoned to death. And on and on and on. Unless you want me to come to your house and knock your manhood out of your hand whenever you do "unnatural" things with it, keep your nose out of other peoples business. You have no right to dictate what someone does in the privacy of their own home. The last time I checked, a gay person getting married has not affected your marriage in any way...whether I am talking about your first, third, or fifth marriage. If you do not have to sit and bear witness to a man sticking his penis into another man, then you do not have any reason to complain. If we were subjected to being participants in all of this behavior, then maybe you would have something to bitch about. Until then, shut your ignorant, bigoted mouth. I don't like gay men doing things to each other any more than you do, but it is absolutely none of my damned business, so I stay out of it.

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