The Republican National Committee unanimously passed a resolution Friday afternoon that reaffirms the party’s opposition to same-sex marriage, which RNC committee member Robin Armstrong defended on Hardball Friday evening.
“Actually, we’re the ‘tolerant party,’” Armstrong said. “We allow people to come in who are in favor of homosexual marriage…All we’re saying is that we affirm marriage is between one man and one woman. We’re not going to compromise that value.”
He added, “I think this is an illustration of how intolerant Democrats and liberals are of other viewpoints. You don’t have to agree with me on 100% of my viewpoints to be a part of [the Republican Party].”
Armstrong argued that “most Americans today agree that marriage is between one man and one woman”—a false assertion, given that recent polling puts support for same-sex marriage at an all-time high.
“I don’t see that there’s movement in that direction,” Armstrong said, rejecting the data.
Gregory Angelo, executive director of the conservative gay rights group Log Cabin Republicans, fired back at Armstrong, saying that the RNC’s resolution only contributes to the already-growing gap within the GOP. “Another resolution stating the fact that ‘marriage is between one man and one woman, and that’s the best way to raise children’ is completely unnecessary, and that is a fantastic way to give Democrats fodder to attack Republicans. It’s a great way to make the 2014 election all about this.”
Armstrong responded, “I believe it is the height of arrogance for us to think that we can change 6,000 years of history.”