It’s almost worth sitting through 18 minutes of some ignorant, bigoted anti-gay marriage bullshit from a bunch of pastors at the National Press Club, in order to fully appreciate the hilarity of Jamila Bey’s eventual question.
Here’s the full video from C-SPAN. If you don’t feel like watching it all, let me sum it up for you: “Bla bla bla traditional marriage defined by God in the Bible. Bla bla bla being bigoted against gay people is somehow essential to the black experience. Bla bla bla praise Jesus.”
At minute 18:00, the floor is open to questions. One guy asks if they’ll endorse Mitt Romney and they say no because they’re not political. A woman asks if they’re homophobic. The pastor, Reverend William Owens, says that if someone calls him homophobic then he can call them “sisses and all the other names I could call them.” Okay.
At minute 19:11, Jamila Bey asks her question:
“What is your position on polygamy?”
Owens pauses before saying “Well I think you know that this is not about polygamy, this is about same-sex marriage.”
“I need for you to define for me please the Biblical definition of marriage…”
Owens wags his finger and says “The Biblical definition of marriage is a marriage between a man and a woman and I’m not going to get on another track…”
“Talk to me about Abraham’s marriage.”
“Madame . . . next question. Next question.”
“What’s God’s position on polygamy?”
“Reverend, what’s God’s position on slavery?”
“Are you going to stand there and just demand that I answer your question, this is not about polygamy…
“This is a press conference…”
“…this is about same-sex marriage and I will not do any different.”
“Reverend you said you’d answer questions about Biblical marriage…”
“Would you have this lady removed?”
Finally Jamila relents and the next guy asks about the good Reverend correlating homosexuality and pedophilia, which he doubles down on. Jamila gets another question in at the end, asking about the high rate of children born out of wedlock and the number of men abandoning their families, but sadly there’s no room in that environment to really connect that back to the fact that gay people aren’t the ones who are fucking up marriage.
Ah well. Good job, Jamila!