A politician is being called out for hypocrisy after attending his gay son’s wedding just three days after voting against the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify same-sex marriage into law.
The congressman, Representative Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania, was “thrilled” to attend his son’s wedding and welcome his new son-in-law to the family, his press secretary stated. Many found his attendance at the wedding - and his apparent excitement - a bit curious, considering his vote on the House floor against codifying same-sex marriage into law days before.
Is this anything but blatant hypocrisy?
A Very Quick Turnaround
The Respect for Marriage Act passed the House of Representatives and is currently facing an uncertain future in the Senate. The bill would make states respect marriages performed in other states in the case that the Supreme Court reverses its own ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
In essence, if a gay couple was married in a state where same-sex marriage is recognized, then moved to one where it isn’t, the bill would ensure their marriage was respected.
But Rep. Thompson was not one of the yea votes when the bill came to a vote.
That decision didn’t stop him from attending his own gay son’s wedding just days later, however. After news outlets reported on the upcoming wedding, Rep. Thompson’s press secretary confirmed his attendance, writing that “Congressman and Mrs. Thompson were thrilled to attend and celebrate their son’s marriage on Friday night as he began this new chapter in his life.”
Rep. Thompson even gave a speech at his son’s wedding and toasted the grooms. “This has been a really good experience… to have a new son enter the family!” he told the wedding attendees. “So we’re just blessed, and we just want to say thank you to everyone here as part of the celebration.”
Based on his vote just three days prior, however, Rep. Thompson doesn’t appear to think his son’s marriage should be legal. And back in 2015, he decried the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide, writing that the court is “forcing” Americans to “redefine biblical marriage as defined by their faith.”
At least one wedding attendee agrees that it’s hypocritical to publicly vote against protecting same-sex marriage, then privately support it when it comes to your own family.
"These politicians need to be exposed for who they really are,” the anonymous wedding attendee told Buzzfeed News.
So far, Rep. Thompson and his team are not answering questions on the matter.
What is your reaction?