Monday, June 12, 2006
A Sign That The Country Is Waking Up
Preparing to work on a Liberal Blogger Webring (to me, it’s nerdifyingly cool. Or something), I ran across a great about the Senate’s attempt to keep them icky gays from marrying.

In that light, it's no surprise that Republicans wanted some midterm love, and what better way to find it than an obvious sop to the base on a tried-and-true wedge issue?

Bush's pleas to protect the sanctity of marriage and welfare of children sounded familiar. In 2004, as he campaigned for re-election, a federal marriage amendment was at the top of his agenda. Many will tell you that it helped bring out the so-called "values voters" who propelled him to a second term.

Post-election, the issue has percolated mostly at the state level. At least forty of them already have laws spelling out that marriage is between a man and a woman, making it illegal to recognize gay marriage.

Last year, to my dismay, Texans voted overwhelmingly to write a ban on same-sex marriage into the state constitution. Voter turnout was considered solid for an off-year referendum, but at 18 percent, it would be misleading to say they spoke for the majority.

Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter is a lesbian, publicly opposes a similar change to the U.S. Constitution. Bush's wife, Laura, has said gay marriage shouldn't be used as a political tool.

Too late for that, I'm afraid.

For those single-issue voters, anything on the ballot that has to do with gays and marriage would be enough to get them out. But do we really live in such a black-and-white world that one issue, no matter how important, should determine a vote? Even Mary Cheney stayed with the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign despite the GOP's aggressive push for a federal amendment.

If there is anyone who should be championing marriage for gays, it's those who now oppose it. Wouldn't opening marriage to everyone encourage gays and lesbians - often criticized as promiscuous sexual deviants - to form long-term, loving and committed relationships?

This leads me to believe that my dream has come true - the rest of the country may actually be starting to get it.

Or maybe just is just another part of the “liberal media” posting those nasty reality pieces that Conservatives hate.


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