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Rep. Aaron Schock talks marriage issues, storms off interview
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2012-09-05

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U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., talked with Buzzfeed.com about social issues and this year's election.

When asked if he supports the Federal Marriage Amendment, he initially said he supported it, but then added he "ha[s]n't really thought too much about it" and would "have to read it."

Schock also said, "There are pro-life Democrats, there are pro-choice Republicans. For people who wake up and that's their single issue—whether it be abortion or gay rights or guns or any of those single issues—if that's their sole issue, then I'm not sure either party really has an ability to get that voter. But, I think what the last election showed was the bigger issue that matters is the economy."

However, when asked about the ACLU's and Lambda Legal's marriage-equality lawsuits brought in Illinois, Schock said he was unaware of their existence: "That's all news to me."

In a separate interview with out Sirius host Michelangelo Signorile, Schock was asked about his own sexuality. AmericaBlog.com reported that the congressman stormed off and refused to answer. In fact, Signorile tweeted, "Rep. Aaron Schock, who voted against DADT repeal, said it is 'ridiculous and inappropriate' to ask if he is gay."

Later, Signorile posted, "...and said he thus wouldn't answer, but then did say that he is not gay, before storming off."

Other GOP-related news:

—Billionaire businessman David Koch, who with his brother Howard is spending millions to elect Republican candidates, made a somewhat surprising statement recently: He supports marriage equality, Advocate.com reported. This means he differs with the official platform the GOP adopted at its national convention in Tampa, Fla. In 1980, Koch was the vice presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party.

—Undocumented and LGBT youth disrupted Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's Republican National Convention farewell speech at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport by shouting "We want the DREAM Act" and "We want full equality,"according to a joint release from GetEQUAL and the DRM Capitol Group. "As an undocumented and LGBT American, Romney's speech was an insult toward our communities," said Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, GetEQUAL's national field director.


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