Joe the Plumber: I won't let "queers" near my children

In an interview, the conservative star says he has gay friends who understand his feelings.

By Alex Koppelman
Published May 5, 2009 1:45PM (EDT)

Joe the Plumber -- real name Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher -- is a man of many talents. There's plumber, of course, plus presidential campaigner, aspiring country star, author, reporter and now expert on Christianity in the U.S. At least, that last is the way he's treated -- and appears to see himself -- in a new interview with Christianity Today.

The interview provided yet another example of the conservative darling's characteristic blunt way of speaking. Asked for his feelings on same-sex marriage on the state level, Wurzelbacher responded:

At a state level, it's up to them. I don't want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary -- it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we're supposed to do -- what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we're supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing.

Those are some very, very understanding friends, no?

Wurzelbacher also offered his thoughts on emerging Christian leaders in the country today -- one of three he named was James Dobson, who actually just retired as chairman of Focus on the Family. And, asked if he plans to run for office one day, he offered this: "Not right now. God hasn't said, 'Joe, I want you to run.'"

We can always hope.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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