Thursday, February 28, 2013

Marilyn Musgrave: 'I Don't Think There's Anything More Important Out There Than the Marriage Issue...'

Former U.S. Representative Marilyn Musgrave is pushing back hard against a New York Times report that claimed she'd changed her position on homosexual marriage.

At KDVR Fox 31 Denver, "Marilyn Musgrave denies NYT report that she supports gay marriage."

DENVER — Finally, a concession from Marilyn Musgrave.

Or so it seemed for a short time on the website of the New York Times, which initially reported Wednesday that the former Colorado Congresswoman, who never officially conceded her 2008 defeat to Democrat Betsy Markey, had done a complete reversal on what has always been her signature issue: gay marriage.

But Musgrave, who sponsored a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and famously said that there was no bigger threat to the country, tells FOX31 Denver that the report is flat-out wrong.

“I’m very befuddled by this story,” Musgrave told FOX31 Denver. “There’s absolutely no truth to that. I’m reading it thinking, ‘what in the world?’

“I wasn’t even aware of it. I have not changed my position. I’m trying to imagine where anyone would get that information and I can’t figure it out.”

The brief, organized by former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, who is openly gay, urges the Supreme Court to declare that gay and lesbian couples have a Constitutional right to marry.

Musgrave was cited in the lede paragraph of a story by the New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg as part of a growing group of conservative Republicans supporting Mehlman’s brief.
Here's the piece, which was riddled with errors, "Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Gets More Republican Support."

And listen to Musgrave at the clip, in a speech to the Family Research Council in 2008. (She lost her seat that year.)