Tuesday, February 28, 2006

 

Republican Gay Marriage Ban - Campaign Issue

Well, they're at it again. The Self-Styled "Independent" Republican Party of Minnesota is pulling a well-worn page out of the RNC's playbook, and pushing for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to protect against what they see as the constitutional weakness of Minnesota's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Read my <font> tags: It's still just a campaign issue. My prior ruminations on the issue aside, I think Ron Carey's making a huge mistake by even mentioning the words "wedge issue". That's all people are going to hear - "WEDGE ISSUE" - regardless of the context. In this particular circumstance, they'll be absolutely correct to hear "wedge issue", because that's exactly what it is, nothing more, and nothing less. This is a campaign-year attempt by the MN-GOP to hit back with wedge issues of its own after being driven apart at the national seams on stem cell research, the Abramoff scandal, the Katrina debacle, Harriet Miers - the list goes on and on.

In a less-overtly political tone, everyone should read this. It's a Wikipedia article entitled MARRIAGE, and while it contains references to the recent controversy over gay marriage in the U.S., has a very historical and academic approach to the entire subject of marriage. Worth a read. My point is, educate thyself before saying things like "one-man, one-woman marriage is the oldest custom in our culture, and MUST be defended against a small minority who wish to have the same legal rights as their peers, per the highest law of the land, the Constitution of the United States, which our elected leaders are sworn to uphold."

Just a thought.

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