I don’t know, Jennifer. While Thompson’s eloquence was more on par with George W. Bush than Ronald Reagan, I think I understand what he was saying. He favors the Defense of Marriage Act approach to same-sex marriage and is willing to support a constitutional amendment to that effect if it looks like the federal courts might overturn DOMA or otherwise facilitate the national imposition of gay marriage. On abortion, he says that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overturned.
Both positions are so reasonable I favor them myself. Although I prefer bolstering DOMA through jurisdiction stripping rather than through a futile constitutional amendment. In the last Congress, the House passed then Rep. John Hostettler’s bill that would do just that, with the Bush administration’s blessing.