Casey Cagle wants new gay marriage fight in Ga.

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Quiet religious conservative Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is becoming more vocal about his passion to discriminate against LGBTs, just in time to heat up political discussion about his desire to get a promotion to governor in the next election.

So Cagle wants to rekindle the culture wars by rearguing gay marriage and using the issue to raise money to fill his campaign coffers. (Spoiler alert: Gay marriage is legal in Georgia.)

“With the recent rise of liberalism across the country, we've all seen the wide-spread threat to our values. 

The Obama administration and liberals across the national are gaining major victories that threaten every aspect of our principles. Abortions. Same-sex marriage. Prayer in schools. You name it.

But not in Georgia.

Cagle's distaste for gay nuptials dates back years. As a state senator in 2004, he voted for adding a ban to the Georgia Constitution prohibiting marriage. You know, the measure that was negated by the U.S. Supreme Court in June when it legalized same-sex marriage across the country. He wasn't pleased. Via the AJC:

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican, acknowledged the decision but was in no mood to celebrate it.

“My faith teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Cagle said. “I also understand the role of the Supreme Court under our Constitution. As we navigate this challenging issue, we must do so in a way that respects the deeply held religious beliefs of many like myself while also upholding the rule of law.”

In 2011, he was on the losing end of a federal lawsuit over the firing of a transgender employee of the General Assembly. That was the same year he cuddled up with an anti-gay ministry and had its pastor serve as the chaplain of the day at the State Capitol. And earlier this year, he presided over a state Senate that easily passed an anti-gay “religious freedom” bill from Sen. Josh McKoon.

So as he warms up his campaign to try again for governor in 2018 – he backed out of the race in 2010 – Cagle is seizing on gay marriage and “religious freedom” to rally supporters. Nevermind that focusing on the marriages of others might raise fresh questions concerning long-circulated rumors about Cagle's infidelity and hush money.

But there he was, sending out a campaign mailer urging supporters to send him cash – $250, $500 or even $1000 – right this very minute to stop the “liberal” assault on Georgia.

Via the AJC:

So how to explain last week’s moves? Cagle reminded me that he’s considered himself a social conservative throughout his 20-year Capitol career. He’s supported efforts to place the Ten Commandments in public spaces. He backed efforts to remove abortion coverage from state employee health insurance plans. This is, after all, the man who lured religious conservatives away from Ralph Reed in 2006 to become the first Republican lieutenant governor.

“I don’t always engage in those things in a public way,” he said. “A lot of times I engage with them in a private way to get an outcome that is conducive. This is not anything other than vintage Casey Cagle and what I’ve done for many years in public life.”

The 2018 governor's race just started. Will it be as anti-gay as this past one? Cagle hopes so.

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