“The View” host Joy Behar challenged former Vice President Mike Pence’s views on same sex marriage by saying that she didn’t think homosexuality was even mentioned in the Bible.
Behar and her co-hosts — including guest cohost and former Pence aide Alyssa Farah Griffin — responded on Wednesday’s broadcast to a recent speech Pence gave and his response to a question about how he might react if one of his own children had come out as gay.
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The question: “If one of your children came out to you as gay, how would you respond, what would you tell them?”
“I’d look him in the eye and tell him, I love you. … I believe marriage was ordained by God and instituted in the law. But we live in a pluralistic society, and the way we go forward and the way we come together as a country united, I believe, is when we respect your right to believe, and my right to believe, what we believe,” Pence replied.
Griffin responded first, saying that she had seen that comment and felt it was an indication that Pence’s views on same-sex marriage might be evolving.
Guest co-host Julia Haart spoke of her own daughter, who is dating another woman, and the fact that her religious community would not have allowed that.
“To me, having the right to choose who you want to be, and not made to feel shame is what democracy is,” Haart said. “Who decided that a traditional marriage is a man and a woman? Who came up with this plan? Everything that exists in nature — right? People say it’s unnatural. Isn’t everything that exists in nature natural?”
“Is homosexuality even mentioned in the Bible? I don’t think it is,” Behar interjected then, and the others at the table quickly corrected her: “It is.”
“You know, I appreciate what you’re saying about about your former boss, Mike Pence. I think he’s lying on that tape,” Co-host Sunny Hostin pushed back. “And I think that, you know, words are meaningless when your actions say differently. Right? And let’s just take a look very briefly at Mike Pence’s record with the LGBTQ+ community… he said during his congressional campaign that Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage.”
“In 2004, Mike Pence co-sponsored a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. In 2007, he voted against the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. In 2010, he voted against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal. In 2015, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act …” Hostin continued, but Behar interrupted.
“Alright, we got it …” she said.
“This is the real Mike Pence. So I don’t care what he’s saying because he wants to run for president. That’s not true,” Hostin protested. “And I like my politicians not lying to me.”