Drew Curtis on gay marriage: "Stop being your racist grandfather"

07/06/2015 03:39 PM

Calling the same-sex marriage issue moot in the race for Kentucky’s governorship Independent candidate Drew Curtis said “he feels bad” for Kentuckians who find it as their top issue.

Cutis’ remarks come as Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democratic candidate for governor, and Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate for governor, has taken opposite sides of the issue.

Speaking with Pure Politics prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to allow gay marriage in all 50 states, Curtis predicted the issue would not matter in Kentucky’s gubernatorial Election after the court ruled.

In an in-studio interview Curtis said he was in favor of gay marriage for “pragmatic reasons” which included medical confidentiality and disclosure between doctors and spouses.

“My advice to people is this, if this is your primary issue I feel really bad for you,” he said. “Maybe you should reexamine your life priorities a bit, because we have far more important things to get around to than that.

“Stop being your racist grandfather basically, because that’s what you look like to your kids.”

Conway chose not to appeal U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn’s ruling that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages in May of 2014. At the time Conway read a statement predicting the issue would be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a move which has drawn much criticism from the GOP Conway said he was doing what he thought was right.

After the ruling from the Supreme Court, Conway issued a statement defending his decision not to challenge the appeal. The Attorney general added that the decision could be a business attractor.

“It is time to move forward because the good-paying jobs are going to states that are inclusive,” Conway said in a statement.

Bevin also issued a statement on the day of the ruling. In the statement Bevin voiced his disappointment, saying that “activist judges have chosen to ignore the will of the people, and to ignore the Constitutional principle of state’s rights.”

Pure Politics attempted to catch up with Bevin in Lexington the day of the SCOTUS ruling, where political reporter Kevin Wheatley attempted to ask Bevin about the impact on businesses, but Bevin walked away from the question.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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