Ill. Rep. Aaron Schock’s Gay Marriage Quote Revives Rumors
Aaron Schock, a young congressman from Illinois, has been receiving national attention not so much for his political stances as for his buff physique, his non-reluctance to display it, his (to some questionable) wardrobe choices, and his sexual preference.
His performance at a media event on Jan. 30 only added to speculation on the Web about which "church" the unmarried representative attends. The Capitol Fax blog posted a video that showed reporters swarming around the conservative. One reporter asks Schock why he doesn’t support same-sex marriage, which has is a hot-button issue in his home state.
Lawmakers in Springfield, the state capital, are discussing a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage. The head of the state GOP created something of a crisis in the party when he came out in favor of the measure, with various county party leaders and right-wing groups calling for his ouster.
Instead of giving a firm, definitive answer about his views on marriage equality, Schock, 31, hesitated and seemed confused. "Uh, well, I, I just haven’t," he said. When the reporter asked him the question again,
Shock did a slightly better job at explaining himself; but his answer was still muddled. "I think everybody has a set of beliefs on issues, social issues in particular, that are a reflection of how they were raised and their set of beliefs," he said.
What left Schock-watchers especially confused about his own opinion on the matter was past statements where he said he was firmly with the majority of his party where LGBT matters were concerned. Shock voted against the repeal of "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" and including sexual orientation as a hate crime.
He had stated flat out that he was against same-sex marriage last year, according to BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner. He told the gay journalist that he was in favor of retaining the Defense of Marriage Act. He did add, however, he had not "really thought too much about it."