05 Jul 2017
On Monday, Barbara Comstock quoted the Declaration of Independence on Twitter:
We hold these truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal...they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. pic.twitter.com/vpkMP7gP1h— Barbara Comstock (@BarbaraComstock) July 3, 2017
Comstock’s record on equality, however, flies in the face of her vapid remarks on Twitter. Let’s examine her votes and statements when it comes to equal rights for LGBTQ individuals:
Opposed to same sex marriage
Comstock has always been against gay marriage. When her Republican primary opponents tried to attack her as being insufficiently extreme, the conservative National Review published an article in her defense.
“She has consistently opposed same-sex marriage and abortion, and among her supporters are such undoubted social conservatives as Mary Ellen Bork, Eugene Scalia, and Rick Santorum.”
Favored a constitutional amendment to define marriage
Comstock once spoke out on national television (CNN Paula Zahn: Feb 25, 2004) in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to specifically prohibit gay couples from marrying.
“We should be able to have a reasoned debate about this. The debate and the argument is about who is going to redefine marriage. All the amendment does is define marriage. It is not an anti- gay amendment. It defines marriage, the institution for marriage, which for 2000 years has been a man and woman and 200 years under our Constitution; 38 states have passed that. It’s been something we have all assumed would remain as the law”
Voted to allow adoption agencies to deny adoptions to same sex couples
Voted to fund adoption agencies that discriminate against same sex couples
In February 2013, Comstock voted against an amendment to the state’s budget bill, House Bill 1500, that would have prohibited any appropriation to a child placement agency that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.
Refused to comment on a DOJ ban of annual gay pride event
When serving as DOJ spokesperson, Comstock refused to comment on an agency ban that prevented employees from holding a gay pride event at the department’s headquarters.
Voted to give taxpayer dollars to student groups that discriminate
Refused to acknowledge gay pride month
Comstock went the entire month of June without a single mention of Gay Pride Month on social media. She did have time, however, for multiple posts about her personal vanity project that teaches “leadership” to young women.
Refused to acknowledge the first anniversary of the Orlando nightclub massacre
Comstock was completely silent on the one year anniversary of the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando, Florida. It was the deadliest terrorist attack inside the United States since Sept 11, 2001. Forty nine people were killed and another fifty eight were wounded, but Comstock said nothing to mark this tragic anniversary.