A gay man challenged Tim Pawlenty on his opposition to same-sex marriage this afternoon, as the candidate was speaking on the ‘Soap Box’ at the Iowa State Fair. “You are discriminating against me and it hurts, it really does,” the man told him. Pawlenty said he would “never be at the point where I say that every domestic relationship is the same as traditional marriage”:
Q: I thought our country was about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for everyone, no exceptions. So Tim Pawlenty, I want to know know — when will you stand up for me…because you are discriminating against me and it hurts, it really does.
PAWLENTY: I understand we have a difference of opinion on this issue…the relationship between a man and a woman in a traditional marriage is important to our country, our society, our culture…
Q: I support that you have your moral values, but that is something that is hurting my future and how I get to live my life…why does government get involved in our marriages? … Do you think I’m a second class citizen?
PAWLENTY: We’re just going to have a respectful disagreement, sir.
Andy Birkey at the Minnesota Independent has identified the young man as Gabe Aderhold, a senior at Edina High School.