Morning Vid: Maddow Pedeconferences With Joe Miller

Gay marriage is a state issue, except when it's federal

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Rachel Maddow is in Alaska this week, where Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign for Senate is forcing state Republicans to choose between her and Palin-backed party nominee Joe Miller. As seen in the clip below, Maddow caught up with Miller and spoke with him for about five minutes as they strode through what appeared to be an airport complex.

At one point, Maddow asked Miller whether he agreed with the views of Terry Moffitt, an adviser on Miller's campaign payroll who chairs a far-right group called the Family Policy Project, which encourages gay people to renounce their homosexuality. Maddow asked Miller, "Do you agree with [Moffitt] that homosexuality can be changed, it can be cured?"

MILLER: Our perspective, and we've answered this question before, is that it really is a state issue as to how those issues want to be resolved. It should be handled at the state level. And as far as--you're talking about who again?

MADDOW: Terry Moffitt.

MILLER: Okay, yeah. He worked with us in the primary. I've not seen his Web site, so I'm not able to comment on it.

MADDOW: Do you agree that homosexuality is a choice?

MILLER: I think that's up to the individual. The individual has to make that decision.

MADDOW: About whether or not they're gay, or about whether or not they believe that?

MILLER: You know, I'm not gonna intrude upon an individual's decision as to what he or she does. The fact of the matter is, it's a state issue.

Miller went on to explain that "as a diverse country, I think it's important that we recognize that there are different approaches to different values." Thus, he said, issues like gay marriage are best dealt with at the state level. "Do you think there should be a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage?" Maddow asked.

"That's up to the people," Miller replied. "If you've got a three-quarters vote, ratified, I'd vote for it."

"You would vote for it?" said Maddow. "Yeah, I would," said Miller.

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