UFC Commentator Joe Rogan recently claimed on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, that Republicans are “homophobic” for opposing same-sex marriage.
Comedian Andrew Schultz joined Rogan for episode #1846 of The Joe Rogan Experience and the two eventually began to discuss same-sex marriage a little over 3 hours in.
Rogan brought up the topic saying, “It’s not just abortion rights, but now they’re going after gay marriage too, which is so strange to me. That people are — Marco Rubio was saying that it was a silly thing to argue about, to be concerned about, and then some other Senator who is a gay woman confronted him and she was furious at him. ”
Rogan continued, “Because gay marriage is not silly. It’s marriage for people who are homosexual. For them it’s important. They want to affirm their love and their relationship.”
“And the fact that they are going after that now almost makes me feel like they want us to fight. They want to divide us in the best way they can. And this is the way they can keep pulling off all the bulls**t they’re doing behind the scenes. Is to get us to fight over things like gay marriage, or to get us to fight over things like abortion. It’s like why are you removing freedoms?”
Rogan then attempted to transition the conversation to gun rights, before Schultz interrupted him saying, “Can we say something about the gay marriage real quick?”
Schultz then continued, “Like if you are going to say that marriage is an important cultural institution to the fabric of America, you can’t remove it from Americans. You can’t go and say this is important. This is what we do. We create a family and we love one another, and this is how we express our love. And then say these Americans can’t do this s**t.”
Rogan responded, “It’s so homophobic because you are saying there’s something wrong with being homosexual. By saying that you are opposed to gay marriage, you are saying you are opposed to gay people. Because if gay people are in love with each other and they want to have a celebration and they want to be legally bonded and connected; and there’s all sorts of benefits to that in terms of financial benefits, taxes.
“But not only that, if your loved one is in jail, not in jail, well that too,” Rogan said. “I was going to say in the hospital. You have access to them and you are the only one that has access to them because you’re their spouse. You’re the one who has power of attorney if they’re incapacitated. There’s a lot to like affirming that relationship.”
“And the fact that they are going after that now — like that’s the kind of s**t that keeps me from being a Republican,” Rogan proclaimed. “There’s a bunch of s**t that keeps me from being a Republican, but that’s one of them.”
Former NBCUniversal executive Mike Sington would share an edited version of the clip to Twitter, which you can watch below.
Joe Rogan comes out full-force, 100% in support of gay marriage. He even says GOP opposition to it is one of the things that keeps him from being a Republican. pic.twitter.com/XEY0fKXyKI
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) July 25, 2022
Rogan would go on to address being labeled by the media and others saying, “People will say, ‘Oh, you’re a secret conservative,’ You can suck my d**k. You don’t know what the f**k you’re talking about. I’m so far away from being a Republican. Just because I believe in the Second Amendment, and just because I support the military, and just because I support police — like I was on welfare as a kid. I think it’s important. I think having a social safety net is crucial. It’s crucial. We should help each other. We are supposed to be one big community.”
“I’m a bleeding heart liberal when it comes to a lot of s**t. I just also believe in discipline and hard work. That’s where I fall into the more conservative side. But I’m not a person who wants to keep all my money and not pay taxes,” he declared.
Ironically, while Rogan whined about people labeling him for his views, he did the exact same thing by calling people opposed to same-sex marriage as homophobic and then making the absurd claim that you are opposed to gay people if you oppose same-sex marriage.
It’s a wildly ignorant statement, which is easily exposed via the teachings of the Catholic Church, which states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”
It continues, “The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.”
“Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection,” the Catechism states.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops also filed an amicus brief explaining why marriage should stay between a man and a woman explaining “the sexual union of one man one woman is the only union capable of creating new life. A home with a mother and a father is the optimal environment for raising children, an ideal that State law encourages and promotes.”
They further noted, “Encouraging and supporting a permanent bond of marriage between a father and mother promotes their interests. More than a quarter of the Nation’s children currently live with only one birth parent. Government support for a marital bond between mothers and fathers serves the interest of reducing, or preventing further increases in, the incidence of single parenthood and the consequent burdens it places upon the custodial parent (usually the mother and the public fisc.”
The brief also specifically addresses Rogan’s claim about opposing gay people and the accusation of homophobia. It states, “The legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is not based on hatred, bigotry, or animus against any class of persons. Nor does it create a classification based upon mere inclination Rather, the definition of marriage distinguishes and specially supports certain forms of conduct. While the law may not draw classifications based upon mere thoughts, beliefs, or inclination, it can and routinely does distinguish between types of conduct.”
What do you make of Joe Rogan’s comments about gay marriage?