GOP’s Priebus, Spicer Congratulate MSNBC Host for Gay Wedding

-By Warner Todd Huston

MSNBC host Thomas Roberts, an openly gay man, appeared on the network to express his confusion on how GOP National Chairman Reince Priebus and RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer could congratulate him for his recent gay wedding yet preside over a party that stands against same sex marriage.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on August 16, Roberts mentioned that the two GOP chiefs congratulated him on his impending marriage.

“Reince Priebus, when I got engaged, congratulated me at the White House Correspondents’ weekend,” Roberts said. “Last year, Sean Spicer congratulated me on getting married to my husband. Yet they incorporate into the platform of the RNC their stance against marriage equality.”

Roberts found these well wishes “odd.”

“It’s odd, because why congratulate me? I didn’t bring it up, I didn’t say give me a congratulations, but they offered it. So it’s odd, because then they’ll go out and drumbeat that they’re against marriage equality. It’s weird.”

The 2012 National Republican Party platform reaffirms the party’s stance in favor of traditional marriage.

After Roberts’ comment, RNC Com Director Spicer issued a statement saying, “Believing marriage is between one man and one woman and being polite, courteous and respectful are not mutually exclusive.”
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