"I appointed the judges -- most of the judges -- that made that decision. I think it was a good decision," Vilsack said about the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court case that legalized gay marriage in his state -- and provoked a furious conservative backlash and recalls of several of the justices involved.Don't get me wrong. I'm glad that he supports all of Iowa's families. But why is my family a good thing here in Iowa, but not so good when viewed from the federal government?
Still, Vilsack wouldn't comment on whether that view on same-sex marriage extended nationwide.
"I don't know what that's got to do with the Secretary of Agriculture," Vilsack told POLITICO. The USDA chief said the question of gay marriage was a distraction to the issues that farmers, ranchers and rural Americans faced. "I will be happy to answer that question someday," he said. "That day is not today."
Incidentally, Secretary Vilsack's wife, Christie Vilsack, is running against Steve King for Congress here in Iowa. Unlike King, Christie Vilsack is a supporter of gay and lesbian families. Feel free to visit her website here.