Biden campaign tears into Mike Johnson for comparing same-sex marriage to sodomy – even


President Joe Biden‘s 2024 campaign tore into House Speaker Mike Johnson for comments he previously made about homosexual relationships – despite the Democratic president making some questionable remarks himself. 

Johnson won the gavel Wednesday after a chaotic 22 days, in which House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted, 13 candidates tried for the speakership, the House GOP nominated four different candidates and there were three failed floor votes. 

Biden’s campaign team almost immediately called attention to Johnson’s controversial comments about homosexuality. 

‘Mike Johnson called for criminalizing gay sex,’ said a post on X. ‘Johnson called same-sex relations “inherently unnatural” and said it could destroy “the entire democratic system.” He railed against courts for “closing bedroom doors” and upholding the right to privacy.’ 

While Biden has been a champion of the LGBTQ community in recent years, he hasn’t always held those positions. 

President Joe Biden

House Speaker Mike Johnson

President Joe Biden’s (left) campaign knocked new House Speaker Mike Johnson over controversial comments he made about homosexuality, despite Biden’s own evolution on same-sex pairings 

Almost immediately after Johnson was elected speaker,  Biden's campaign called attention to comments the Louisiana Republican made about homosexuals

Almost immediately after Johnson was elected speaker,  Biden’s campaign called attention to comments the Louisiana Republican made about homosexuals 

In 1973, he mused that gay people serving in the civil service of the military could be ‘security risks,’ according to a report in the Wilmington Morning News

Answering a question posed by gay rights activist Robert Vane about job discrimination, then Sen. Biden said, ‘My gut reaction … is that they [homosexuals] are security risks, but I must admit I haven’t given this much thought … I’ll be darned!’ 

Twenty years later, in 1993, Biden voted for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ a policy that forced gay military members to stay in the closet.

A year later, Biden was with most senators who voted to cut off funding from schools that supported the belief that homosexuality is an acceptable way of life, Mediaite reported

And in 1996, Biden also voted for the Defense of Marriage Act – another controversial bill signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton that barred extending federal benefits to same-sex couples who lived in states where gay marriage had passed.

In 2006, Biden downplayed a need to legislate banning gay marriage. 

‘Why do we need a constitutional amendment? Marriage is between a man and a woman. What’s the game going on here?’ Biden said.

During the 2008 vice-presidential debates, Biden was asked if he supported gay marriage. 

‘No,’ Biden said. ‘Barack Obama and I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage. We do not support that.’

But in 2012, there was a seismic shift in Biden’s acceptance of the LGBTQ community. During an appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ as vice president, the highest-ranking Democrat made an unscripted remark supporting same-sex marriage – much to the surprise of the White House and Obama. 

During a March interview with Kal Penn, the actor and former Obama aide who took a turn hosting The Daily Show, Biden pushed that his ‘epiphany’ on gay rights came as early as high school. 

‘I can remember exactly where my epiphany was,’ Biden said before recalling how he was a senior in high school and saw two men kissing as his dad was dropping him off.  ‘And I’ll never forget it. I turned and looked at my dad, and he said, ‘Joey, it’s simple. They love each other. It’s simple.” 

‘And it’s never been, it’s never been, it’s just that simple, it doesn’t matter whether it’s same-sex or a heterosexual couple, you should be able to be married. So what is the problem?’ Biden mused. 

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson sat down with Sean Hannity on Thursday for an interview at the Capitol

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson sat down with Sean Hannity on Thursday for an interview at the Capitol

Johnson was asked to explain his previous comments on same-sex marriage. 'I wanna know exactly, you know, where you stand,' Hannity said

Johnson was asked to explain his previous comments on same-sex marriage. ‘I wanna know exactly, you know, where you stand,’ Hannity said

In a Thursday sit-down with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Johnson defended calling homosexual relationships ‘inherently unnatural’ and same-sex marriage ‘the dark harbinger of chaos and sexual anarchy’ in his first sit-down interview.

The Louisiana Rep. was pressed on remarks he made 15 years ago, where he hinted that cross-dressing is a ‘bizarre choice’ that doesn’t ‘deserve protection’ and that a same-sex union is a ‘moral lapse’ that could ‘doom even the strongest Republic’.

Hannity asked about the 51-year-old lawmaker’s work as the spokesman for  Alliance Defense Fund, where he called homosexuality ‘sinful destructive’ and stated there was ‘no clear right to sodomy in the Constitution.’

‘Go pick up a Bible off your shelf and read it – that’s my worldview. That’s what I believe, so I do no apologize for it,’ Johnson said. 

He claimed he didn’t remember some of his statements, and insisted: ‘I also genuinely love all people regardless of their lifestyle choices. This is not about the people themselves. I am a Bible-believing Christian.’

Johnson was elected to lead the House majority on Wednesday, earning all 220 votes from Republicans on the floor. He has since been heavily scrutinized for his stance on abortion and same-sex marriage. 

The father-of-four, pictured here with his family, worked as an attorney and spokesperson for the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian advocacy group

The father-of-four, pictured here with his family, worked as an attorney and spokesperson for the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian advocacy group

The 51-year-old Louisiana representative was elected on Wednesday, concluding a tumultous 22-day search for a new Speaker

The 51-year-old Louisiana representative was elected on Wednesday, concluding a tumultous 22-day search for a new Speaker

In his defense, Johnson insisted that he was in an elected official tasked with upholding the defense of marriage. 

‘I was a litigator that was called upon to defend the state marriage amendments,’ he said, describing how people in over 30 states went to the ballot to amend state constitutions in the early 2000s. ‘I was a religious liberty defense and was called to defend those cases in the courts.’

While working for Alliance Defense Fund, Johnson authored his opposition to the Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, which overturned state laws that criminalized homosexual activity between consenting adults.

In September 2004, the lawmaker voiced his support of a Louisiana amendment banning same-sex marriage.

‘Homosexual relationships are inherently unnatural and, the studies clearly show, are ultimately harmful and costly for everyone,’ he wrote.

In another column from the same year, Johnson described same-sex marriage as a ‘moral lapse,’ adding: ‘Experts project that homosexual marriage is the dark harbinger of chaos and sexual anarchy that could doom even the strongest republic.’

His most recent comments came in a 2005 op-ed, where he stated: ‘Your race, creed, and sex are what you are, while homosexuality and cross-dressing are things you do. This is a free country, but we don’t give special protections for every person’s bizarre choices.’

In the interview, Johnson explained that he was a 'religious liberty defense' who was called to defend cases in states that opposed gay marriage

In the interview, Johnson explained that he was a ‘religious liberty defense’ who was called to defend cases in states that opposed gay marriage

The newly-elected speaker added: 'But I also genuinely love all people regardless of their lifestyle choices'

The newly-elected speaker added: ‘But I also genuinely love all people regardless of their lifestyle choices’

Johnson, pictured here with wife Kelly (left), entered Congress in 2017 and is serving his fourth term

Johnson, pictured here with wife Kelly (left), entered Congress in 2017 and is serving his fourth term

The Louisiana Republican is a father-of-four who entered Congress in 2017 and is serving his fourth term.

Before dipping into politics, he was a partner at Kitchens Law Firm and a chief counsel for the nonprofit firm Freedom Guard.

Johnson described his legal career as focusing on ‘defending religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and biblical values, including the defense of traditional marriage, and other ideals like these when they’ve been under assault.’

From 2004 until 2012, Johnson served as a trustee of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Then, for one term, Johnson was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for the 8th district from 2015 to 2017. 

He decided to run for Congress in 2016 to replace outgoing Republican Rep. John Fleming.

The Louisiana lawmaker is a staunch Trump supporter, having earned the former president’s backing in his reelections since 2016 and attended multiple rallies.

He opposed the certification of the 2020 presidential election results and took the lead in filing a brief in a lawsuit that sought to overturn Biden’s victory.  The congressman was also a member of Trump’s impeachment defense team.

Johnson is already in leadership in the House as Vice Chairman of the Republican Conference.

He serves as an Assistant Whip and is a member and former Chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. Johnson also sits on the Judiciary and Armed Services Committees.

Following the Lewiston, Maine shooting that left at least 18 people dead, the new Speaker said: ‘This is a this is a dark time in America. We have a lot of problems and we’re really, really hopeful and prayerful. Prayer is appropriate at a time like this.

‘So, that’s the statement this morning on behalf of the entire House of Representatives. Everyone wants this to end, and I’ll leave it there.’ 





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