Sen. Jim DeMint’s “Back-to-Basics” approach for saving conservatism apparently puts a lot of stock into homophobia.

In a Bloomberg interview, DeMint didn’t just stop at opposition to gay marriage like most right-wingers, he went all the way.

The comments came under the subhead, “Time of Terrorism” (let us hope that was artistic license by the columnist and not by DeMint’s design).

He takes a hard line on social issues, passionately anti- abortion and pro-guns. He has been most outspoken as an opponent of any form of gay marriage.

“Marriage is a religious institution. The federal government has no business redefining what it is,” DeMint says. This is one issue where he doesn’t support states’ rights; state government shouldn’t have the right to permit gay marriage: “Governments should not be in the business of promoting a behavior that’s proven to be destructive to our society.”

He cringes at the notion of a gay or lesbian president: “It would be bothersome to me just personally because I consider it immoral.