Piers Morgan says Ryan Anderson’s views are un-American.
Anderson is a 31-year-old fellow at the Heritage Foundation who believes in the traditional definition of marriage. On Tuesday night, he was invited on “Piers Morgan Live” to make his case.
Instead of appearing face-to-face at a desk with Morgan, Anderson was placed in a live audience, which was assembled to hear TV personality Suze Orman preach financial wisdom. In the center of the room, in a position of power, sat Morgan and Orman on an elevated stage.
Anderson coolly, calmly and respectfully made his case that marriage is and should remain a union between a man and a woman. Piers was theatrical, demanding that Anderson explain to Orman, who is a lesbian, “what’s wrong with her?”
For her part, Orman dismissed the Princeton graduate, who is working on his Ph.D. at Notre Dame, as ignorant.
“I also know you are very, very uneducated in how it really, really works,” she lectured.
Still, Anderson persisted, making his case and avoiding ad hominem attacks.
As the segment came to a close, Morgan unloaded on Anderson, calling him un-American for holding the same view on gay marriage that Hillary Clinton publicly held until just over a week ago and Barack Obama stood for until last year.
“The idea that you want to stop people like Elton [John] and David [Furnish] or Suze [Orman] and KT from getting married, from getting married in America in the modern era, I just find a bit offensive these days,” Morgan hectored.
“It’s not fair, it’s not tolerant, it’s not American.”
“I think there is nothing more American than debating and discussing and then voting about political issues,” Anderson told The Daily Caller, when asked what he thought about Morgan calling his views un-American.
“And Piers Morgan is taking the position that the Supreme Court should remove this discussion from democratic deliberation and kind of issue an elitist ruling from on high, much like he was doing to me [with] him up on the podium and the stage, and me down in the audience.”
With the Supreme Court hearing two cases dealing with the issue of gay marriage, Anderson is in great demand on the talk-show circuit. When he was younger, he never imagined this would be a part of his vocation.
“It’s a complete mystery to me how I ended up doing this,” he said.
Growing up in a Catholic family in Baltimore, Anderson went to a “liberal” Quaker school where he was among the only conservatives in his high school class, he said.
“Kind of from like a young age [I] got used to kind of being in a situation like the Piers Morgan interview,” he quipped.