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On the record: Jesus, Dolly Parton, Dustin McDaniel, Michele Bachmann, more

“If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”

— JESUS, quoted in Matthew 19:21.

“I think everyone should be with who they love. I don’t want to be controversial or stir up a bunch of trouble but people are going to love who they are going to love. I think gay couples should be allowed to marry. They should suffer just like us heterosexuals. Ha ha ha!

— DOLLY PARTON speaking with Britain’s Event magazine about her support for marriage equality.

“I’m going to zealously defend our constitution, but at the same time I think it’s important to let people know where I stand on the matter.” 

— Arkansas Attorney General DUSTIN MCDANIEL telling AP that he’ll defend his state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, even though he personally opposes it. 

“Which proves that orange really is the new black.”

— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA noting that House Republicans have grown more critical of GOP House Speaker John Boehner, who’s famous for his fake orange tan, than of him. Obama made the joke at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. 

“I believe ultimately that this museum, which will be built on the National Mall, on federal land, will enshrine the radical feminist movement that stands against the pro-life movement, the pro-family movement and the pro-traditional marriage movement.”

— Retiring U.S. Rep. MICHELE BACHMANN warning her congressional colleagues that a National Women’s History Museum proposed for construction in the nation’s capital would become a “shrine” to “radical feminists” who believe in same-sex marriage.

“Are female breadwinners a problem? Is there a problem with men earning less in the household, and do you think that it could cause big marital problems?”

— Fox News host CLAYTON MORRIS ranting on Fox & Friends that women “breadwinners” are emasculating men’s “innate” biology.

“It would be a first-class opportunity to kick the governor for being insensitive to people with disabilities.”

— Retiring Wisconsin GOP state SEN. DALE SCHULTZ commenting on the decision to reject a proposal made by a foundation run by Scott Walker’s wife Tonette to remove the wheelchair ramp at the governor’s mansion to make the building more historically accurate. Schultz decided not to seek re-election due to the embarrassment he felt over his party’s attempts to restrict voting in a way that would disproportionately affect poor, black, elderly and student voters. 

“I think we ought to raise it.”

— Former GOP presidential candidate MITT ROMNEY expressing support for raising the minimum wage.

IOC VP: Snubs? Snowden? Anti-gay laws? No problem for Olympics

The Winter Olympics in Sochi should not be affected by the heightened political tensions between the United States and Russia over Edward Snowden, gay rights and other issues, a vice president of the IOC said this week.

“If there are political tensions arising, it wouldn’t be the first time before an Olympic Games, and in the main, Olympic Games overcome political tensions,” IOC vice president Craig Reedie of Britain told The Associated Press.

Reedie downplayed the impact of President Barack Obama’s decision to call off a Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The snub follows Russia’s decision to grant asylum to Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker, in defiance of Obama’s repeated requests.

Obama’s decision also reflects strained ties with Russia over missile defense, Syria, human rights and other issues. He canceled the summit with Putin exactly six months before the start of the Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in southern Russia.

“I think the games are quite clearly an occasion which encourages peace among nations and I’m pretty sure, despite pressures at the moment, that’s what will appear to the world in February next year,” Reedie said in a telephone interview.

Reedie also cited the global situation before the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, which were held just months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York and Washington.

“There must have been a question mark over that after what happened to New York, and the games went ahead,” Reedie said.

The International Olympic Committee official also said the 2008 Beijing Olympics were a “triumph” despite the pre-games controversies over China’s record on human rights, Tibet and press freedoms.

“It’s happened twice in recent years,” Reedie said. “I think it’s far too early to say what’s going on at the moment is going to be massively problematic.”

The buildup to the Sochi Games, scheduled for Feb. 7-23, has also been overshadowed recently by criticism of Russia’s new anti-gay legislation. The law, which was signed by Putin in June, bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.”

Obama said he had “no patience” with countries which discriminate against gay people.

While some critics have called for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics, the IOC is quietly negotiating with Russian officials to make sure the law does not affect the games. Russia is also hosting the world track and field championships, which start Saturday in Moscow.

“I would hope wise counsel would be taken because they (Russia) have much to gain from a successful world athletics championships and have much to gain from a successful Olympic Games and (2018) World Cup,” Reedie said. “It is in their interests to have a decade of sport.”