What Cornyn Didn't Say About Gays


Live by Google, die by Google. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) did not equate homosexuality with bestiality, it turns out. Earlier, I linked to a story quoting Cornyn to the effect of: "It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right."

But Cornyn never uttered those words at the Heritage Foundation in 2004, nor at any other time. 

According to Cornyn's staff, a young speechwriter inserted that phrase without Cornyn's knowledge. That speech was released in advance to a few reporters without the senator's permission -- and one of those reporters then didn't stick around to actually hear Cornyn's remarks. But when Cornyn saw that phrase in his speech, he crossed it out, an aide said, because he didn't agree with it, and subsequently never uttered those words in his actual remarks.  

"Unfortunately, the Washington Post ran with the prepared speech without confirming he ever actually said it -- and then other papers picked it up," the aide said. "Subsequently a number of corrections ran because the Post had it wrong."

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Cornyn is no Rick Santorum. 

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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