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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) really doesn't want to talk about gay marriage.

During his weekly briefing on Thursday, Boehner was asked several questions about his views on the issue, ranging from whether he considers marriage equality a civil rights issue to how much of a role he thinks the issue should play in campaigns. And every time, he had the same answer.

"I'm going to stay focused on what the American people want us to stay focused on, and that's jobs," he said. [...]

"The president and the Democrats can talk about this all they want," he said. "But the fact, is, the American people are focused on the economy and they're asking the question, 'Where are the jobs?'"

Yes, that laser-like focus on jobs that they've had for a year and a half, in between all the votes about abortion and contraception and abortion and Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamacare and tax cuts for millionaires and oil companies and abortion. And, oh yeah, gays.

Boehner would indeed like to talk about anything but marriage equality. You know how he could make that happen? Having a vote or two on a real jobs bill. To quote, well, you, Mr. Boehner: "Where are the jobs?"

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu May 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM PDT.

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