The congresswoman who has introduced the Federal Marriage Amendment in the U.S. House is expressing some frustration with political colleagues who don't think the legislation is necessary.
Marilyn Musgrave is a Republican from Colorado. The Christian legislator believes a constitutional amendment that enshrines God's definition of marriage is the only way to stop unselected judges from forcing homosexual marriage on a nation that does not want it....
Congresswoman Musgrave thinks gay marriage is bad. But apparently she doesn't mind getting money from people who hang out with overt racists.
In 2002, her campaign "received $4,956 from the Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund - $2,500 in cash and the rest in-kind donations of mailing list rentals or printing," according to the Rocky Mountain News. The head of Gun Owners of America is Larry Pratt, who also used GOA's Web site to urge others to give to Musgrave. Now, back in the 1990s, according to the News, a rally was set to take place in Estes Park, Colorado, and Mr. Pratt wanted to talk about guns there.
Estes Park, in 1992, always seems to follow Larry Pratt.
It was 10 years ago, Pratt said, and he didn't check the guest list at the rally, organized by the leader of a virulently racist, anti-Semitic group.
Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said he was there to get out his absolutist view on the repeal of gun laws. If others were there to spew hate, that was their business, he said.
That explanation wasn't enough to preserve his job as campaign co-chairman for Pat Buchanan's presidential run in 1996....
Pratt said he had been in touch with Pete Peters of the Christian Identity movement, who organized the Estes Park rally, until 1996, when word of his associations surfaced and he left the Buchanan campaign under pressure. Pratt also said he appeared as recently as a year ago on militia radio in Michigan.
And in November, he will be addressing the Virginia chapter of the League of the South, which the Southern Poverty Law Center added to its list of hate groups in 2000 as a neo-Confederate organization.
The guy is far enough out on the racist fringe that Pat Buchanan gives him a wide berth, but Marilyn Musgrave thinks he's OK. And, hey, she hates gay marriage, so God must agree with her ... right?