Phil Gingrey, the Georgia conservative hoping to jump from the House to the Senate, is concerned about gay marriage. And gender roles. So he wants you to know that fathers do things better than mothers.

Gingrey's denounciation of gay marriage came during a speech from the House floor on Tuesday. It's the latest oddly anti-gay screed from a Georgia politician, joining Sen. Saxby Chambliss' "I'm not gay" declaration, Rep. Paul Broun's announcement that he's a boy who likes his penis and former Georgia GOP leader Sue Everhart's admission that she just doesn't "get the gay marriage."

Gingrey, though, buried his pronouncement in a rambling effort to prop up a "Leave It To Beaver" approach to the world.

"You know, maybe part of the problem is we need to go back into the schools at a very early age, maybe at the grade school level, and have a class for the young girls and have a class for the young boys and say, you know, this is what’s important," Gingrey said in a speech supporting the Defense of Marriage Act. "This is what a father does that is maybe a little different, maybe a little bit better than the talents that a mom has in a certain area. And the same thing for the young girls, that, you know, this is what a mom does, and this is what is important from the standpoint of that union which we call marriage."

Gingrey, the leading Republican candidate for Senate in Georgia, said he realizes the "father knows best" adage he subscribed to "back in the old days of television" is antiquated, but he still believes that children need fathers and women need husbands in order for families to thrive.

"Of my three daughters and one daughter-in-law, they all work," he said. "They all work, some of them full-time, some of them part-time. But they’re still there as moms. And when they come home and take over that responsibility, they need a shared partner, and that partner is that partner for life. And I’m talking about, of course, the father."

In case that's not clear, Gingrey spokesperson Jen Talaber offers this clarification:

"Phil is a strong supporter of traditional marriage and believes strong male and female role models are essential in a child’s development. Phil was speaking theoretically to emphasize his point that kids learn different things from their mothers and fathers."

Brace yourselves. Gingrey and Broun are among several anti-gay Republicans seeking to replace Chambliss in the Senate. Oh what a 2014 race that's going to be.

[Creative Loafing | Huffington Post | AJC]