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Mark Sanford, Governor of Black Pots and Kettles

“The bottom line is that he lied under a different oath -the oath to his wife.” — Republican Congressman Marshall Clement “Mark” Sanford on politics and the sanctity of marriage, 1998

Question: “Should South Carolina restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?” Answer: “Yes” — Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Sanford, 2002 Vote Smart Political Courage Test

Question: “Should South Carolina recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?” Answer: “No” — Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Sanford, 2002 Vote Smart Political Courage Test

Question: “Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education… Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods?” Answer: “No” — Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Sanford, 2002 Vote Smart Political Courage Test

“Yes” — 1996 Vote on H.R. 3396, the “Defense of Marriage Act”, “to define and protect the institution of marriage” and to mandate that “the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.”

“Yes” — 1999 Vote on H.R. 2587, a bill banning adoptions by same-sex couples.

“As Jenny and I are the parents of four little boys, we’ve always taught our kids that marriage was something between a man and a woman. As governor, I am supportive of legislation that furthers that definition here in South Carolina.” — Republican Governor Mark Sanford to the Post and Courier, February 2004

“He’s always felt marriage is between a man and a woman.” — Spokesman for Republican Governor Mark Sanford, April 2005

Question: “Do you think the Republican party should become more libertarian on the issue of gay marriage?” Answer: “No, I don’t.” — Republican Governor Mark Sanford, June 12 2009

Abstinence Only Mark Sanford Bumper Sticker“I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light – but hey, that would be going into sexual details…” — Republican Governor Mark Sanford, July 2008, in an e-mail to his mistress

10 thoughts on “Mark Sanford, Governor of Black Pots and Kettles”

  1. qs says:

    Didn’t he tell his wife about the affair five months ago and their marriage was on hold or something not that that would excuse it, but I saw something about that.

    1. Jim says:

      It’s not about his individual marriage. It’s about him telling the rest of the world how to arrange their marriages while he can’t manage to follow the “one man and one woman” business himself.

      1. qs says:

        Ah that’s a good point. He was gone over Father’s day weekend too, which just shows to show he was either crass or really confused and had poor planning skills for the whole thing. Still, no one died and there is no war or anything involved so not that big of deal in the big picture.

        He was the only reasonably good republican on foreign policy besides Paul in the house at one time.

  2. qs says:

    Sanford was for civil unions in North Caroline as a republican. He was already pushing the envelope for a republican candidate, and he only criticized Clinton once?

    I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve criticism for opposing gay marriage, but as far as republicans go, I wouldn’t rank him as the preachy type.

    1. Jim says:

      Sanford is a politician from South Carolina. Are you thinking of Terry Sanford? And no, he didn’t only criticize Clinton’s adultery once. He harshed on Clinton in the ’90s and in this decade — heck, this year — as well.

  3. qs says:

    Well you only posted one Clinton quote.

    Sorry I meant S. Carolina.

    1. Jim says:

      Can you cite some source about the claim that Sanford supported civil unions in South Carolina? As a gubernatorial candidate, he opposed them (see the cited 2002 source above).

      1. qs says:

        Hmm apparently you’re right. I guess he’s against those too.

  4. qs says:

    I wanna see some more Clinton quotes.

    There has to be more than just one.

  5. Greg Kelley says:

    Same sex marriage or regular marriage, either way I think everyone should be safe and get tested. If in the Durham/RTP/Raleigh area you can call (919)321-4355 for low cost STD testing.

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