Conservatives don’t have a leg to stand on in the fight against gay marriage or abortion rights, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow argued Sunday on "Meet The Press."
Maddow faced off against conservative stalwarts Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and former Senator Jim DeMint — who left office to head the Heritage Foundation — over the conservative game plan after the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.
Currently, 70% of Americans live in states that define marriage as between a man and a woman, Reed said, adding that the Court’s decision would mobilize conservative voters.
“What you’re going to see in states like Iowa, where the [State] Supreme Court imposed same-sex marriage on the state, we’re going to be attempting to elect legislators who will pass a constitutional amendment to ratify that marriage should be between a man and a woman,” Reed said.
Not so fast, Maddow said, countering that the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s recent efforts at targeting lawmakers over social issues hasn’t had much consequence electorally.
“Your group worked on three main election efforts this year: Electing Mitt Romney, getting the Iowa State Supreme Court Justice thrown out and recalled for having voted in favor of same-sex marriage, and the Minnesota anti-gay constitutional amendment,” she said. “You lost all three of those fights in November 2012.”
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