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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

3/03/2004

Sullivan on Bush's fatal mistep

I've been following same-sex marriage developments for fifteen years, and I keep getting surprised. The groundswell of support - in San Francisco, New Mexico, New Paltz, and now Portland, Oregon - has stunned me. What I didn't anticipate is how empowering this issue has become for gay people and how energizing it has been for their heterosexual peers. We keep seeing straight poeple under a certain age seeing this as their generation's civil rights movement. Now we see black legislators in Georgia putting aside religious objections to stop what they recognize as an attack on a small minority by forces of exclusion and intolerance they have been attacked by in the past. Bush's religious right amendment has also united Democrats behind this issue in ways they never were before. Attacking the amendment is now an applause line in John Kerry's election speech - and he will get every gay vote and every vote from their families and friends. Meanwhile, key Republicans, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, have come out and opposed this unnecessary meddling with the Constitution. Even the vice-president cannot manage to explicitly endorse such graffiti on the founding document of this country. What the religious right amendment is doing is splitting the Republican coalition and uniting the Democrats. What the religious right did to destroy the Republican party in a state like California, they are now trying to do across the country as a whole. They are not only on the wrong side of history; and on the wrong side of morality; they are putting the Republican party on the losing side of politics. They must and will be stopped.
andrew sullivan
It is long past time for conservatives to ditch the religious right and its mean spirited attempts to restrict the rights of a particular group of American citizens. Sullivan gets it and he gets the politics of it.

You do not have to be a pundit to know that for people under forty gay marriage and hmosecuality itself are non-issues. For people under fifty there may be an issue, but it is not worth a constitutional ammendment which, as Sen. McCain points out has not the ghost of a chance of getting through the House and Senate. Bush's support will certainly cement his standing with socons; but at the cost of perhaps losing the election. It was a remarkably dumb move.