Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) was asked about her views on same-sex marriage at a press conference following her Illinois 11th congressional district debate. “It is a state issue,” Biggert explained. “We don’t have polygamy and bigamy and all of these things in the federal government”:
REPORTER: The gay marriage issue that came up. You said that you’re close but you’re…
BIGGERT: Well, I think that, I think that the country is close to this. I think let’s wait and see what the courts have to say. But it is a state issue. We don’t have polygamy and bigamy and all of these things in the federal government. It’s the states that take care of that. [...]
REPORTER: But yet you’re not supporting gay marriage?
BIGGERT: I said I’m close.
REPORTER: Well that’s not supporting it though.
BIGGERT: No it’s not. I’m for civil unions and I’m looking at the prospect of what’s going to happen.
Biggert’s opponent, former Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), is a marriage equality supporter.
Despite her crass comparison, Biggert’s record is not entirely anti-LGBT. She supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, for instance, and received a 70 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign for 2011-12.
HT: Daily Kos Elections.