Bob Barr doesn’t take bait from gay marriage troll

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When gay marriage troll Barry Loudermilk went looking to rally supporters with some red meat against same-sex unions, his GOP primary runoff opponent wasn't having it.

And that's a bit of a surprise. Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (photo) has been a marriage troll before, but when given a chance during a debate last week, he demurred, according to the AJC.

Barr said: “I have to tell you I have not heard one person who has said to me, ‘Bob, the most pressing issue is whether the presidential candidate in 2016 will champion gay marriage’ or whatever. It is not something that is on people’s minds as we look to the congressional elections in 2014.”

Yet that didn't slow Loudermilk's anti-gay marriage roll.

“The overwhelming majority of the people in America agree,” Loudermilk said, “we should define what marriage is — that marriage — legally defined — is between a man and a woman.”

Loudermilk and Barr are all that remain from a crowded GOP race for the 11th District seat in Congress, which includes portions of Buckhead, Sandy Springs and northwest Atlanta, Marietta and Kennesaw, as well as all of Bartow and Cherokee counties. It's been a race full of certified anti-gay haters, who seem to prefer Lourdermilk, a current state senator.

Barr has softened his opposition to gay marriage, which is a change. The Republican turned Libertarian turned Republican authored the Defense of Marriage Act during his stint in Congress, but later thought better of it. (The Supreme Court dumped portions of it in 2013.)

But not so soft that the Libertarian in him supports same-sex marriage. Because he doesn't.


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