Rachel Maddow: “Turns out gay marriage is a ‘defense of marriage’ act.”

Rachel Maddow points out that since gay people started getting married in Massachusetts five years ago, divorce rates have descended to pre-1940 levels.

Says Maddow: “Turns out gay marriage is a ‘defense of marriage’ act.”

According to her website, Rachel has a doctorate in political science [she was a Rhodes Scholar] and a background in HIV/AIDS activism and prison reform. She shakes a mean cocktail, drives a bright red pickup, hates Coldplay, loves arguing with conservatives, spends a lot of money on AMTRAK tickets, and dresses like a first-grader.

Rachel’s work with MSNBC began in 2005 when she was a regular contributor to “The Situation with Tucker Carlson.” She was also a regular commentator and occasional guest host on “Race for the White House with David Gregory,” and a frequent guest and sometime guest host on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” before taking the helm of her own MSNBC TV show in September of 2008. She’s also been on the air with Air America Radio since its inception in Spring 2004, first on “Unfiltered” with Lizz Winstead and Chuck D, and then with her own eponymous show. Before AAR she worked for WRNX in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and WRSI in Northampton, Massachusetts. There was also an early stint with a jungle-themed company called Expresso Bongo, but she doesn’t want to talk about it.

Rachel is 36 years old and lives in New York City and rural Western Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula.


4 thoughts on “Rachel Maddow: “Turns out gay marriage is a ‘defense of marriage’ act.”

  • September 4, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Well said Stephen, and amen!

  • September 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I’m glad to see the statistics proving that there is nothing wrong with gay marriage! Good job, Rachel!!!

  • September 5, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Kudos to Rachel, and to New England (sans RI), Iowa and the Episcopal Church for supporting marriage.

    Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
    Washington, Connecticut, USA

    Couples are coming to CT to wed this summer from all around the country, and in many cases they are bringing their families and friends along to celebrate with them.

    Some of the couples have been together for 38, 45 and 46 years!

    Congrats to all.

  • September 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I just received a survey from Sean Hannity (& The Heritage Foundation), asking, among other things, if I favor a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. I don’t know about this, but I feel strongly that we need an amendment to prevent left-handed people from getting married.

    Holy Scripture from many religions makes it clear that left-handedness is a greater abomination in the eyes of the Lord than homosexuality. For example: In both the Christian Bilble and the Qur’an, God’s favorites, the elect, sit on the right hand, and the damned on the left. In the Gospel of Matthew the author has Jesus place God’s followers (the sheep) on the right, and the non-believers (the goats), on the left. (Matthew 25:33). The Catholic Church held for over a thousand years that being left-handed made you a servant of the Devil, and that anything left-handed was evil. Islam forbids the touching of any Holy Scripture with the left hand. Jesus sits on the right hand of God. In pictures of the Last Judgement, the Christian God shows his disciples their new heavenly abode with his right hand, and points with his left to Hell. The Left Hand Path therefore, being the demonic, the diabolical, and the Earthly path to Hell. The word, “left,” in many languages is associated with evil, trouble, or the devil. The percentage of people in the population who are left-handed is about ten to twelve percent, approximately the same as are gay. Coincidence? I think not.

    When I was a child, this was still a God-fearing, Christian nation. This was before Atheists, Agnostics, and evil (should I say “leftist”?) judges made it illegal for Christians to practice their religion (which, incidentally, is why I get to sleep-in on Sundays). Anyway, in those days, if a child in school picked up a pencil with his left hand, the teacher would smack him across the knuckles with a ruler. The little miscreant would, by God, learn to write with his right hand.

    Right-wing talk-show hosts and evangelical ministers have pushed for a constitutional amendment to prevent homosexuals from marrying each other. They cite passages from the Bible in support of their position. It is hypocritical of them to ignore the problem of left-handedness. The Bible gives much more support to the conclusion that lefties are evil than are homosexuals. One should not cherry-pick Biblical quatations just to support one’s personal view. If you are a fair-minded person, you should work for amendments that would outlaw marriages of both homosexuals and lefties.


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