“I think the president this past week took six or seven states he carried in 2008 and put them in play with this one ill-conceived position [support for gay marriage] that he’s taking.” Gary Bauer on CNN.
“I’ve gotten calls from pastors across the nation, white and black pastors, who have said, ‘You know what? I’m not sitting on the sidelines anymore.'” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, also on CNN.
I don’t agree with Bauer and Perkins on much, but I worry that these two far-right leaders are onto something.
Voters don’t want to have settled matters, like contraception, re-opened and re-litigated. But they don’t want to have unsettled matters treated as if they’re a done deal either. You have to meet voters where they are, and you can’t drag them back into the past like Mitt or into the future like Obama.
But Obama’s position is clear, unambiguous, and rational while the morons who oppose gay marriage, like Romney and those of whom you speak in this “Quotes of the Day” blog is steeped in religious mumbo jumbo that has no legal authority in the real and secular world of equal protection under the law.
People don’t decide one day to be gay just to be different as though it’s a conscious choice and people don’t decide one day to get stricken with cancer. As it happens, you have to live with either as best you can. The difference with cancer patients is that there’s support from almost everyone, while gays have the support of people of rational thought only.
So many morons, so little time…….
Gay marriage is not part of the Judeo-Christian tradition of this country. It kind of comes out of left field.
The President is a pragmatist. I am sure, I am positive, that he and his handlers have researched this in every detail. I am equally sure that Joe Biden didn’t just make his statement on his own; he is well controlled controlled, and he was let off of his leash for this specific issue.
Gay marriage is logical, moral and inevitable. I firmly believe that anyone who would even consider voting against the Pres because of this one issue was never going to vote for him in the first place.
And as for the old Judeo-Christian tradition: that is the same line that was used to oppose abolition in the 1850’s and interracial marriage in the 1960’s.
It’s done; he said it, he meant it and its time to move on to some real issues.
Like bank regulation!
I think that some people who were going to vote for the President will stay home because of what their pastors tell them or their own qualms. Gay marriage is inevitable, I just wish they’d waited till 2016.
We definitely can use some bank regulation, more than Dodd-Frank.