Since being elected to Congress last year, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) has been one of the most vocal opponents of LGBT equality, introducing an amendment to the Defense budget that would have prevented military same-sex marriages. More recently, she compared same-sex marriage to polygamy, polyamory, incest, pedophilia, and 3-year-olds driving, then doubled down on her slippery slop by clarifying that she meant 13-year-olds.
Yesterday, at a town hall in Butler, MO, a University of Missouri med student named Alex asked her about the impact on young gay people of making such statements:
ALEX: The 2004 amendment to ban same-sex marriage…in combination with the statement you made earlier this month where you said…allowing same-sex marriage would start us down a slippery slope toward things like sanctioned incest and bestiality. How do you think…
HARTZLER: No, no, no, you misunder…. That was a mis… a misunderstanding of the quote…. That was really taken out of context.
ALEX: How do you think that makes young people, like me, who are gay feel about ourselves, to come up in a society that to us seems like it doesn’t value us in the same way straight people are valued?
HARTZLER: We’re not the ones changing the policy. Ok, so you shouldn’t feel bad at all.
ALEX: Why shouldn’t I feel bad if there’s an amendment, if you champion an amendment prohibiting me from…
HARTZLER: Right now it has been the law of the land for a long time. Marriage is between a man and a woman. All we did in 2004 is just put that in the constitution. So we’re not changing policy at all. And, anyway, so you shouldn’t feel bad. Anyway, It was nice to meet you guys.
Watch the exchange: