Bishop talks economy, same-sex marriage

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, met with The Albany Herald Editorial Board on Monday, discussing topics ranging from the fiscal crisis to same-sex marriage.

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, met with The Albany Herald Editorial Board on Monday, discussing topics ranging from the fiscal crisis to same-sex marriage.

ALBANY -- Same-sex marriage, the economy and the current fiscal crisis were among the topics U.S Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, touched on during a visit to downtown Albany on Monday.

During a meeting with The Albany Herald Editorial Board, the subject of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was the first to come up. Bishop said that while he supports giving those of homosexual orientation equal protection under the law in terms of discrimination or hate crimes, he has a hang-up with defining a legal same-sex relationship as a marriage.

"Based on my religious upbringing, I believe marriage should be between a man and a woman," the congressman said. "... I believe they should have a permanent relationship with whoever they choose, but it should not be called marriage.

"I have members of my family who are in same-sex relationships. I understand that. I accept them as part of the family."

He added that he supports ensuring benefits and inheritance rights to same-sex couples and approves the concept of civil unions.

Bishop is among the co-sponsors of DOMA.

At least through the end of this fiscal year, the federal government will have the funding necessary to function without a shutdown, but Bishop says an appropriations plan for Fiscal Year 2014 is still looming. Bishop also said there has been progress on the immigration issue, enough that that particular item may be addressed this session.

The key, the Second Congressional District of Georgia representative noted, will be finding common ground across party lines.

"To the extent people are unwilling to discuss opposing points of view ... I find that harmful," Bishop said. "It is going to take pressure from the public. In the district, whether they are extremely conservative or extremely liberal, they (my constituents) all say they hope that we will find a compromise and get out of gridlock."

While representing one's constituency is also about considering what the common good is for the nation as a whole, Bishop indicated one of the most critical issues in which that mindset is relevant is going to be how budget cuts are instituted.

"Whatever we do, we have to make some investments for the future," he said. "When you buy a house, you don't just let it run down."

Like many of the nation's leaders in regards to the situation in North Korea, Bishop said the unrest in that country warrants being watched closely.

In making his point, the congressman recalled his last visit to the country.

"I don't know the young president. His father had not taken office fully the last time I was there," he said. "I found them to be a very proud people; self-reliance is their motto. They were in a drought at the time, and our message was to stop selling rogue missiles. Their answer was straightforward; they had to feed their people and that was all they had to sell. They felt they have just as much right to develop technology as anyone else.

"(I think) the new president (Kim Jong Un) is rattling sabers so people will feel he is a strong leader. ... It certainly gives us reason for caution and pause if he makes an error in judgment."

Aside from jobs and monetary resources, energy is a vital component in keeping the economy rolling, making it all the more essential to maximize every available resource ranging from oil to nuclear to solar and wind, the representative said.

That is logic which applies to not just the United States economy but the global economy.

"Energy is key," Bishop said. "My position is that we should have a broad portfolio. I think if we do (institute it) carefully, we will be the leader."

On the subject of the economy, Bishop also made note of the port deepening project in Savannah by adding there was also a project in the works to put an off-shore port about 25 miles off the Georgia coast through which materials could be put on vessels small enough to fit into the ports in Savannah as well as Charleston, S.C.


Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Bishop yadda yadda yadda yadda...............................


WTFwtf 2 years, 2 months ago

Sam based on my intelligent upbringing ( read: opposite of a religious upbringing) ive concluded yer logic on gay marriage is flawed and you would say wathever u thought would garner more votes.


Merlin 2 years, 2 months ago

Omm Galla Galla said the natives. Look it up.


Merlin 2 years, 2 months ago

Omm Galla Galla defined: a politician went to deepest, darkest, whatever land and was talking to the locals. I will raise your standard of living and give you healthcare, he said to the people. They chanted "omm Galla Galla". He then said I will balance the rift between people's and educate your people said the politician. Omm Galla Galla said the people in response to the politicians speech. After all was said and done the village elder invited the politician to view the village. The politician said "sure". So the chief led the politician around the village. The politician asked the chief how his speech was received and the chief said it was fine, but watch where you are stepping Mr politician so you don't step in the omm Galla Galla.


reb_arty1863 2 years, 2 months ago

Whats ol sanford's stance on gun control???? Please tell us SW Georgia folks that one!!


waltspecht 2 years, 2 months ago

Don't worry, Sanford has already stated he will do what he sees as right, not necessarily what his constituants want. One has but to look back at Obama Care to understand he knows what is best, despite what we might want.


JamesCalhounJr 2 years, 1 month ago

My question for Sanford Bishop is, if you are so concerned with our countries current condition, why have you and why do you continue to contribute to its financial down fall and support immoral positions regard same sex marriage and abortion? Sir, are you just pandering to the group that will help keep your place at the through? Maybe it is time for you to consider taking a self imposed permanent vacation, if you do not have the moral courage to live up to your oath of office and the Christian ethic that all of mans law is founded on. Remember what he said, do not be a fence sitter, be hot or cold or I will spew you out of my mouth. Well Sir, which are you? If you had been doing the work entrusted to all of these years maybe we would not be in our current situation.


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