Comment on Truth Wins Out:
"Once upon a time, a much loved/hated President from Illinois got down off the fence and came out in support of basic justice and human rights for a group of people who had been denied these things up to that point. Almost 150 years later, it happened again."
Andrew Sullivan: "[T]oday Obama did more than make that logical step. He let go of fear. He is clearly prepared to let the political chips fall as they may. That's why we elected him. That's the change we believed in.
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a President to speak his mind, inalienable rights can be elevated ... or sometimes get f*cked. Yesterday, President Barack Obama stated, in his usual careful and diplomatic way, that he thinks same-sex couple should have the right to marry, and amidst the cries of jubilation (see above) there will be voices screaming to have him ousted from office immediately. This year's Values Voters Summit, hosted by Family Research Council's Tony Perkins and attended by uber-bigots (like Bryan Fischer of American Family Association) across the country, will be one monstrous Obama-bashing event and Presidential nominee-apparent Mitt Romney will be ballyhooed more than the Second Coming.
This year's Summit may even allow a Ku Klux Klan booth.* Who knows?
The above is the headline for FOX Nation, the
blog for FOX News. It's indicative of what is to come. "War On
Marriage"... is too strong for a "news" outlet and is the same
phrase used by the Christian Right and NOM. The "Flip Flops" is an
inept attempt to counter the usual criticism of Romney's politics.
And more (courtesy, Joe.My.God):
- Alliance Defense Fund : Today's statement is a tragic contradiction that promotes the creation of even more fatherless and motherless homes.
- Traditional Values Coalition: North Carolina just became the 31st state to affirm the sanctity of marriage. As if mainstream Americans needed any further reasons to reject Obama's radical social agenda, we were most certainly reminded today.
- The Catholic League: The time has finally come to pass a constitutional amendment affirming marriage as an institution reserved to the only two people who can naturally produce a family, namely a man and a woman .
These sound relatively mild, but the wild is yet to come. Already
false speculations are emerging: one is that the Obama campaign is depending
upon gay money since gays, of course have more money than God.
The myth that gays have more disposable income, however, is dispelled by the fact that a higher than national average are caregivers for their partners and parents** - those people for whom straight relatives (mostly siblings) have little or no concern. If the Obama administration doesn't know that it might be disappointed in the level of campaign donations. However, it will not be disappointed by the level of campaign work by gays and lesbians, reaching perhaps the level of 2008.
Reality, however, has never bothered the Right when it comes to attacking the Left. In this, the ferocity of the Right cannot be underestimated: they will counter Democratic campaigns with organizations like the discredited NOM. They will double-down on sanctioned bullying in schools. They will trumpet lies against Planned Parenthood and the Girls Scouts.
All of Mitt Romney's sins will be whitewashed to the nth degree.
And their victory in North Carolina will embolden them to paint gay activists as godless but powerfully manipulative demons and Obama as the anti-Christ for helping them along.
All liberals - gay and straight, better hunker down for an exceptionally vicious war.
*On religious grounds, of course. Those are fiery CROSSES, aren't they?
** The national average is 17% while the average for gays is 21%.