Herman Cain to Al Sharpton: Marriage is a rite, not a right [AUDIO]
On his Tuesday radio show, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain attacked MSNBC “PoliticsNation” host Al Sharpton for arguing last weekend that gay marriage is a “right of the people.”
“It is not the same thing as racial [discrimination], but it’s the same thing when you have others decide the prerogative of people’s lives — and you cannot fight for one’s rights without fighting for everyone’s rights,” Sharpton said.
“Not making gay marriage legal across the country is not deciding people’s prerogatives,” Cain responded. “You see, the laws already protect everybody. Secondly, any two people can agree contractually to anything. You can agree to sharing property. You can agree to transferring property.”
“All it takes is a legal agreement,” he continued. “In some states they call it a civil union, but remember, a civil union isn’t defined as the same thing in every state. And what Al Sharpton has done with his perspective on this — he has changed the goalposts. He has shifted the subject to talking about rights — r-i-g-h-t-s. Marriage is a r-i-t-e.”