They Said What??? — Jimmy Carter, Robert De Niro, Madonna, & Rick Santorum

FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER

“I draw the line, maybe arbitrarily, in requiring by law that churches must marry people. I’m a Baptist, and I believe that each congregation is autonomous and can govern its own affairs. So if a local Baptist church wants to accept gay members on an equal basis, which my church does by the way, then that is fine. If a church decides not to, then government laws shouldn’t require them to.”

MORE JIMMY CARTER

“Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things—he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.”

RICK SANTORUM

(In San Antonio, speaking that there are so few differences between President Obama and his competitor Mitt Romney):  “We may as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk.”

(Clarifying that statement in Pineville, Louisiana):  “Over my dead body would I vote for Barack Obama”

ACTOR ROBERT DeNIRO

“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now, do you really think our country is ready for a white First Lady?  Too soon, right?”

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

“And let us not forget what their decisions—the impact those decisions will have on our lives for decades to come—on our privacy and security, on whether we can speak freely, worship openly, and, yes, love whomever we choose.”

MADONNA

(On why she worked with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. on her new album, “MDNA”):  “Because they’re badass bitches. They’re both smart, clever. They have strength. They don’t just play on their sexuality.”

JIMMY FALLON

(Interviewing Madonna on Facebook to promote “MDNA”):  “What if it doesn’t work out?  You’re Madonna. But did you think about my career?”

SOCCER STAR & UNDERWEAR MODEL DAVID BECKHAM

“I was a pageboy and had a choice between wearing some boring old suit or a pair of knickerbockers with ballerina tights and slippers.  So I went with the tights.  It’s not that I always wanted to be different, but I knew what I liked.”

LADY GAGA

(Preparing for her new tour):  “Hot yoga time, post rehearsal. Though my ass is kicked from dancing may I succumb to the heat and focus on conditioning. No pain, no fear.”

RAMIN SETOODEH

(Openly gay writer talking with former athiest/former child star Kirk Cameron about his recent anti-gay interview on CNN):  “I have to tell you, as a gay person, what you said was very hateful.  I’m sure it was painful for a lot of people to see it on TV”.

KIRK CAMERON

“That pains me in my heart to think that someone who is gay would think that I don’t love them and care about them. Like I told you with my buddy, there’s nothing you could do or say—you’re my friend and I care about you. But I’m a man of convictions. If you press me about how I feel about an issue, you’re going to see my convictions. My convictions run deep, as I’m sure yours do. What I love is to sit down and have conversations about our convictions without calling people names. I’m assuming you’re not a heterophobe. Neither am I a homophobe. We have different convictions on an issue, and we could learn from each other. I think that’s awesome. I think that’s healthy.”

MADONNA

(To the St. Petersburg, Russia city officials on their new anti-gay laws):  “I don’t run away from adversity.  I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity.”

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