House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was booed during a speech at the Gerold Ford School of Public Policy, at the University of Michigan this afternoon for opposing marriage equality. Asked how he reconciled his advocacy for states rights with support for the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act — which prohibits the federal government from recognizing marriages performed in states that allow same-sex unions — Cantor replied, “I just believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman.”
Some audience members booed the Virginia Republican and shouted, “what about liberty?” and “none of your business!” One man engaged directly with Cantor:
AUDIENCE MEMBER: I’m gay, you’re not for my family, am I in your bedroom?
CANTOR: Well, I would again say that, we all no matter what we are — who we are, what the background of this country, should allow for equal opportunity to earn the success that we’re after.
The audience pressed, “answer the question,” but Cantor just moved on. Watch it:
Several Occupy Wall Street advocates also protested Cantor’s speech by turning standing up and turning their backs to the podium as he spoke. Several wore LGBT-equality T-Shirts.