May 7, 2015 5:00 pm -


Steve King is very worried that when gays can all get married the country will be traumatized.

…King appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio program yesterday, where he warned that a Supreme Court ruling striking down state bans on gay marriage “throws this country into an endless trauma.”

Likening any such ruling to Roe v Wade, the Iowa Republican declared that “the public will not accept a huge decision of the Supreme Court that’s not a decision of the people” before confusingly comparing it to the Dred Scott decision by seemingly suggesting that it would take a constitutional amendment and decades of legislation to overturn any decision legalizing gay marriage.

“Dred Scott back in 1857, the court thought that they were going to solve the slavery question by telling Congress that they couldn’t free the slaves and telling the county that slaves could never be citizens,” King said. “They made that decision and that helped move us towards a civil war … Then in 1866, there was a civil rights act; that wasn’t enough to get the job done. There was the Thirteenth Amendment that freed the slaves. The Fourteenth Amendment that guaranteed them full citizenship and then we still were a hundred years before we got the Civil Rights Act.”

“If all of that to eliminate slavery, do they really think that they can do what they’re going to do to marriage, with one decision of the Supreme Court and society is going to accept that?” he asked. “Society is in for a long battle”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

24 responses to Rep. Steve King: Gay Marriage ‘Throws This Country Into Endless Trauma’

  1. Larry Schmitt May 7th, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Beck and King: two half wits without a full brain between them. “…do they really think that they can do what they’re going to do to marriage…” What is anyone “doing” to marriage? I know I and lots of other people have said this many times, here and other place, but how does the fact that two people are able to marry each other affect anyone else’s marriage? I just can’t see it.

    • majii May 7th, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      The reason neither you nor I can “see” how gay marriage will affect other marriages is because we’re sane and live in the reality-based world. If these tools would just mind their own business, they’d be fine, but they won’t—not when there’s a chance for them to make money by keeping sh*t stirred up, or when they can sell books and DVDS, book speaking engagements for thousands, and/or raise their profiles. I have long believed that much of the uproar about gay marriage is not based in them having a real objection to it, but in their knowledge that if the Supreme Ct. legalizes it, one of their gravy trains goes, “Poof!” They will lose a lucrative stream of income. I think many of these so-called social conservatives are very lazy and use social issues to line their pockets without having to put in an honest day’s work.

      • John Tarter May 8th, 2015 at 6:53 am

        How can you be sane on this issue when same sex couplings is an abnormal act? No one can deny this reality. Would you also support plural “marriages”?

        • burqa May 8th, 2015 at 7:23 am

          Gays are asking for the same rights straights have.
          So what if people have sex differently?
          Using a Chinese basket is abnormal, too, and so is doing it in a weightless environment or inside a closet standing up.
          So what?
          Not everyone wants to have the same vanilla sex life that you have.

        • Larry Schmitt May 8th, 2015 at 4:51 pm

          Ask any hetero couple in any state that allows gays to marry if their “institution” has been “cheapened.” They’ll ask you if you feel all right.

  2. Suzanne McFly May 7th, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Okay chicken little, go on your way now.

  3. tracey marie May 7th, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    except over 55% of Americans feel that marriage equality is a right.

    • John Tarter May 8th, 2015 at 6:49 am

      Well then, such a thing should easily pass in the state legislatures, right? But the fact is it wouldn’t and you have to go to the courts to get this forced onto the country at large. Let the people decide such an important issue through their elected representatives.

      • burqa May 8th, 2015 at 7:18 am

        There’s always one slow kid in the class who holds everyone else up.
        If we let people vote, then we would still have Jim Crow laws, poll taxes, women couldn’t vote and we’d have slavery, too.

        Do try to catch up on conservative legal theory, such as “natural rights.” Rights we are born with may be denied, but we always have them regardless of whether majorities may be convinced to vote to deny rights to a minority or other group that has little political power.
        Since this is 8th grade stuff, I’m leaning more toward believing you don’t believe what you post but are doing a wacky internet bit.
        A clue would be seen yesterday when you basically posted that you disagree with your own opinion.

      • OldLefty May 8th, 2015 at 7:23 am

        Let the people decide such an important issue through their elected representatives.

        Two problems with that;

        1) The majority is rarely as motivated to voted FOR rights to be extended to others as those who are motivated to vote AGAINST rights being extended to others.

        Fear and loathing is a much greater motivator than “it’s only right’.

        2) The majority does not get to decide rights for the minority.

        It’s doubtful that the majority would have voted to end slavery, and it took decades to pass the Civil Rights Act, (while those opposed to it called it a violation of states rights and tyranny), and marriage equality has even less of an impact on the lives of those who oppose it.

        It is only important to two groups… Those who want the equality and those those who can not bear to see them have what they have.

      • tracey marie May 8th, 2015 at 2:28 pm

        rights are not voted on, didn’t you learn your lesson in 1964?

      • Larry Schmitt May 8th, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        Why should a law have to be passed to keep people from being deprived of their rights?

  4. majii May 7th, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Please!!! Will this tool tell the citizens in MA, a state that has had gay marriage since 2004, that their state has been experiencing “endless trauma” for almost 11 years now? No, he won’t. He’s fearmongering, and he knows he’s fearmongering. The closer we get to June, the more lies King, Dobson, Keyes, Barber, and the other anti-gay marriage tools tell and the more emotional they get. Ignore these fraidy cats. They’re probably afraid of their own shadows.

  5. Obewon May 7th, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Delusional: “with one decision of the Supreme Court and society is going to accept that?”-King on GOP’s unanimous failures! George Jr anointed POTUS in Bush V Gore delivered ‘Record low sitting 19% approval’. Last centuries Roe V Wade? Today a mere 10% to 20% want to outlaw any womens right to choose for a mere 12 weeks and up to 28 weeks with her Dr’s approval. Conservative SCOTUS in 2014 ruled Equal Marriage upholds the the 10th & 14th Amendments! Equal Marriage in 2015 opposed by just 34% Vs 58% Approval. Last call for GOP’s last cash cow. Buh-bye Gullible Old fools Party.

  6. liberalMD May 7th, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I think it is more likely that Steve King will be thrust into the throes of endless trauma should gay marriage come to fruition which, come to think of it,, might not be such a bad thing after all.

  7. burqa May 7th, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Steven King and Glenn Beck!

    DAMN! I miss all the fun.
    I would pay to see these two – and toss in Alex Jones – pontificating on issues of the day. But I’d want to see it stoned.

    King has long been first-class entertainment and this latest bit of dumbass shows he’s still in the race for the GOP nomination. Obviously King didn’t care for the stupidity that moved greasy-haired Rand Paul ahead of King, so he decided to lash out moronically. The judges have ruled that King moves up one place in the Right Wing Dunce Contest.


    1) Michele Bachmann
    2) Mitt Romney
    3) Nyewt Gingrich
    4) Steven King
    5) greasy-haired Rand Paul

    6) Sarah Palin
    7) Rick Santorum
    8) Donald Trump
    9) Peter King
    10) Rooty Giuliani

    11) Herm Cain
    12) Christine O’ Donnell
    13) Louis Gohmert
    14) Paul Ryan
    15) Joe (not the musician) Walsh

    16) Ben Carson
    17) Ted Cruz
    18) Eric Cantor
    19) Tim Pawlenty
    20) Allen West

  8. Chris May 7th, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Stevie never references his own state of Iowa (which has allowed gays to marry for SIX years) when predicting all this gloom and doom regarding gay marriage. Want to know why that is?

    Because NOTHING IS DIFFERENT for heterosexual marriages. Heterosexuals still marry and divorce. Gays marrying have had ZIP influence on anything.

    It continues to baffle me why anyone buys this bilge. Republicans have no memory at all.

  9. John Tarter May 8th, 2015 at 6:46 am

    This is the abortion debate all over again with people claiming rights that don’t exist. People who want this absurdity go to the courts instead of through the legislative process where it belongs.

    • burqa May 8th, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Awright, I’m beginning to suspect you’re doing a wacky internet comedy bit by trying to be Floyd R. Turbo or something.

      The Supreme Court has already ruled:

      “… The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.
      Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival. …”

      – Loving v. Virginia

    • William May 8th, 2015 at 9:14 am

      It’s simple.
      How does somebody else’s gay marriage effect you?
      You point out over and over again “if it aint in the Constitution, it aint legal”
      Absolutely nothing in the Constitution addresses the subject of gay marriage.
      So again.
      How does it effect you?

    • burqa May 8th, 2015 at 10:06 am

      John Tarter: “This is the abortion debate all over again with people claiming rights that don’t exist”

      “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
      – U.S. Constitution, Amendment IX

      This is what happens when you let other people do your thinking for you. They get you to thinking the opposite of what the Constitution says and you don’t even rrealize it when they make a fool of you. To be more specific as to the right to marriage, see my post below which links you to a Supreme Court decision that says marriage has long been deemed a right essential to the pursuit of happiness.
      Someone lied to you about the Constitution. I hope from now on you are skeptical about this person when they get to jabbering on the Constitution.

    • tracey marie May 8th, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      why do you hate everything and everyone not like you, fear, jealousy, ignorance?

  10. Ace Duncan May 8th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Every time King opens his mouth, all I can say is, “Huh?”

  11. Elliot J. Stamler May 14th, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    What interests me is that Rep. King like most extreme social conservat ives keeps using the term “society.” Now this is interesting because it automatically assumes that all or virtually all of society is in agreement with the radical right-wing extremists. Except that it isn’t. They are the majority in the Bible Belt areas and some like areas such as King’s district in Iowa but nationally they aren’t. The important thing to draw from King’s latest comment is to understand what the fascists…which is precisely what these pseudo-conservatives are…are aiming at: the PURGING of our society and rendering it into one homogenous, dictated, authoritarian, one-party society which is precisely what they did in Germany and Italy…and which of course communists also do.
    The lesson from this is: IF YOU VALUE THE BILL OF RIGHTS, THE REPUBLICANS, WHICH TODAY ARE THE PARTY OF THE FASCISTS OR THEIR ENABLERS, MUST BE DEFEATED NEXT YEAR. If they are not then in a few years Liberaland (which I sometimes sharply disagree with as some readers may well know) will no longer be around. IT’S THAT SERIOUS…AND DEMOCRATS MUST..AND I MEAN MUST..NOMINATE THE ONE CANDIDATE WHO IS BEST POSED TO SMASH THE CONSERVATIVE-FASCISTS IN THE ELECTION! And it ain’t Bernie Sanders or Martin O’Malley!!!