The Democrats Receive a Gift (Now Watch Them F*** It Up)


So a California judge, Vaughn Walker, found today that California’s Proposition 8 (the ban on gay marriage) is unconstitutional. This is far from the beginning of the end, obviously–Prop 8 supporters will appeal, and the case will eventually be heard by the Roberts’ Supreme Court and, odds are, overturned.

This is, of course, a gift to the Democrats.

The majority of America’s tone-deaf Republican politicians have trouble seeing that this country’s opinion on gay marriage has shifted drastically, and that with each passing week more and more people—rural, urban, black, white, religious, agnostic—don’t have much of an issue with homosexuals wedding. Either that, or they just don’t care one way or the other. Hence, the GOP will run on the issue … mock San Francisco/New York liberals with their gay friends and martinis, try using it as a wedge issue. Then, they’ll be smacked down the size; shocked by the news that (yawn) it isn’t news at all. Gays marry … gays don’t marry. Besides the fringe loons, who gives a damn?

Democrats like President Obama would be wise to use this as a political tool—but they likely won’t. Is Obama truly of the opinion that marriage is only for men and women? I highly doubt it–he’s probably just thinking with his political head, not his brain-encasing one. What men and women like Obama and Pelosi need to do is position themselves as the openminded Americans; those who believe we all deserve a shot at the dream. The Republicans, on the other hand, are stuck in the 1950s; saying the same things about gays as they did blacks.


7 thoughts on “The Democrats Receive a Gift (Now Watch Them F*** It Up)”

  1. Say what you will about the GOP, but they stand on principle. Their principles are fucked up, but there is no question what they stand for. They are passionate and that passion ignites their base.

    The Democratic Party used to be passionate about justice, fairness, and equal opportunity. But they lack the courage to publicly stand behind those principles anymore, which is sad.

  2. As a Californian whose had gay friends and has gay relatives, this is a good day. Granted, there’s plenty wrong with the state, but this is undeniably a big step in the right direction. Twenty years from now, our kids will wonder what all the fuss was about.

  3. I think you’re right, Jeff, when you compare the Republican resistance to homosexual rights to the Republican resistance to the civil rights movement. My hope is that in 20-30 years, we’ll look back on people like Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, and Rick Warren the same way we look at people like George Wallace, the Dixiecrats, and other supporters of racial segregation.

    Historically, progressives are on the right side of civil rights arguments and opponents of those civil rights are always tainted. I hope that stays true here.

  4. Until the year my folks were married, segregation was the law of the land. Until September of the year I was born, interracial marriage was illegal in California. In a few years, Proposition 8 will seem just as archaic.

  5. Keane; historically, southern Democrats were far more hostile to the civil rights movement than Republicans ever were. George Wallace and Bull Conner (among many other famous racists) were Democrats. Far more Republicans in the House and Senate voted for Lyndon Johnson’s Civil Rights act than Democrats, some of whom, like Robert Byrd and Al Gore Sr. fillibustered against it. The Democrats also started the KKK by the way, and it was the Kennedies who got the FBI on the trail of Martin Luther King. You had a noble attempt at a smear, but, in actuality, the Democrats have a longer history of racial intolerance than Republicans.
    And, Jeff, I have no personal problems with gays getting married. However, it is interesting that you think having a federal judge overrule the vast majority vote of the California electorate as politically helpful to your side. If gay marriage is going to help the Democrats politically so much, how come the issue has lost every single time it’s been put on a ballot??

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