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Rep. Markwayne Mullin defends "Duck Dynasty" star's speech rights

by Chris Casteel Modified: December 19, 2013 at 11:10 am •  Published: December 19, 2013

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, on Thursday defended “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for saying homosexuality is a sin in a recent interview with GQ Magazine.
Mullin said, “America is currently witnessing a contradiction in its core principles. The fundamentals that founded our great nation included the freedom of speech and religion. Unfortunately a man who simply voiced his religious belief, which is protected by our constitution, is now being punished. The Robertson family is standing up for what they believe, and our fundamental, core principles of this nation clearly protect them. I support their rights and their view of traditional marriage that is between a man and a woman.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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