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I just love Paul the Spud:
"GOP Uses Gay Marriage Ban to Woo Its Base"
In other words, the only way the GOP can keep votes within their party is to appeal to the most bigoted people in the country. Which comprises their "base."
And is it just me, or is Tony Snow eating crow instead of drinking koolaid?
We should probably be charitable to Tony, given he's new on the job and all.
Perhaps Tony Snow is just a complete idiot.
Anybody up for a little Tony Snow death watch? AL? Blogenfreude? Anybody else?
Why would you bring up civil rights when you are talking about marriage, which the Supreme Court specifically said was a civil right back in 1967? (It's no pun that it's called the Loving decision.)
One wonders whether the current court has the cajones to make this strong statement on behalf of EVERY CONSENTING ADULT IN THIS COUNTRY REGARDLESS OF ANYTHING:
Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival.... To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.
A commenter over at Think Progress put it very nicely:
Au contraire, Mr. Snow — this proposed amendment would, indeed, deny civil rights from a segment of the population. Snow has a glib tongue, but he is obviously accustomed to FOX tv where he can something stupid like that and not be challenged; he’s the mouthpiece for Bush&Co and he is not doing such a good job. McClellan answered nothing and deflected every question; this guy answers them stupidly. Which is the better?
AL, I miss Scottie almost as much as you do...
Who knew that Ten Commandments Judge Roy Moore, whose campaign for Governor is about as popular as Bushco these days, is pushing the anti gay marriage thing big time to religious bigots statewide? That's your base, Roy.
Finally, many readers may not be aware that there is at least one Alabama Baptist minister who is also a liberal. James L. Evans is also quite a good columnist, and he weighed in on the whole gay marriage thing from an Alabama perspective last February:
We have some serious issues before us here in Alabama, but gay marriage is not one of them. It is a wedge issue, a whip designed not to inspire voters to vote for better government, but to frighten voters into electing a savior.
And the last time I checked, that job was already taken.