Tea Party Congressman, Senate Hopeful Tweets Support for Repeal of DOMA
The real test to see if he’s a real or faux Libertarian is to ask him questions about abortion. Then his paleo streak might come out.
U.S. Congressman Justin Amash, a Tea Party Republican from Michigan, tweeted this week that government is the “real threat” to traditional marriage, “not gay couples who love each other & want to spend lives together.” Amash is in his second term in Congress, and a recent National Journal article labeled him “The Senate Trouble-Maker in Waiting.”
To be clear, Amash is not supporting same-sex marriage, rather, he opposes DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, because he’s a libertarian and a states’ rights and “religious freedom”advocate.
Amash retained his seat in November after a challenge from Trevor Thomas, the former communications director of SLDN, the LGBT service members legal defense group.
How conservative is Amash?
He’s received a 38% from the ACLU, a 66% rating from the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, an ‘A’ from the NRA, a 92% from the CPAC folks, a 100% from the Koch Brothers Club for Growth and the freakish extremists at the John Birch society.
So, pretty conservative, but not Jim Inhofe conservative.