Donald Rumsfeld worried that marriage equality will lead to polygamy

The former secretary of defense also doesn't view gay marriage as part of a broader civil rights agenda

Published May 22, 2013 4:20PM (EDT)


In an interview with Larry King on Monday, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld expressed his opposition to marriage equality in a stuttering remark suggesting that letting gay adults marry will lead to polygamy.

An affable Rumsfeld goes on to boast about his "civil rights record," but says he does not see marriage equality as part of a broader civil rights agenda.

By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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