DNC Delegate: Murderers, Dead Beats, Mentally Insane Can Get Married – Why Can’t Gays?

By Melanie Arter | September 4, 2012 | 12:02 PM EDT

In this Feb. 7, 2012, file photo, supporters of gay marriage react outside the James R. Browning United States Courthouse after a federal appeals court declared California's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional in San Francisco. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Lea Suzuki, File)

(CNSNews.com) – Democratic National Convention North Carolina Delegate Ryan Butler on Sunday said that murderers on death row, mentally insane, and dead beat dads have the right to marry, so gay people should too.

Speaking on C-SPAN’s “National Journal,” Butler, who is also president of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina, responded to a caller from North Carolina, who identified himself as a Democrat and said that gay marriage is “just basic human rights.”

“I mean 50 years ago we wouldn’t even let a black woman ride on a bus. Even though – if you don’t support gay marriage, at least you need to support the right for gay people to be married. I think that’s what the issue is,” the caller said.

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“Mr. Butler mentioned that President Obama had evolved. Maybe he didn’t necessarily support gay marriage, but he supported our right to do so, and that’s what we’re talking about – where we need to evolve to, that we respect other people’s to do things,” the caller added.

Butler agreed with the caller, saying that murderers on death row “have an absolute right to get married and in fact have gotten married within days of being executed. Mentally insane people in this country regained two rights – the right to marry and the right to vote.”

“One state tried to pass a law that said deadbeat dads couldn’t get remarried if they hadn’t paid their back child support, and the courts struck it down and said, ‘No, you can’t do that. There’s as an absolute, fundamental right to marriage,’” Butler said.

“So, murderers on death row, dead beat dads, and mentally insane people have a right to get married, but someone’s that been together with their partner for 10 years and goes to work everyday and pays their taxes like they’re supposed to, those people don’t? It’s just crazy when you think about it,” he said.

Butler asked the question: “How does it affect one person if another person gets married?”

“It’s amazing to see the Republicans at their convention wave around an American flag and talk about how free of a country we are, but at the same time, they want to tell other people how to live their lives,” he added.