It seems that my sister believes that Republicans are blocking gay marriage. To put it in her terms, Republicans are attempting to control who someone may fall in love with. Us Republicans are like that. Always tying to put our noses in everyone's personal business. Remember the Republican motto: Less government in business, more government in the bedroom. Everyone knows that ALL Republicans are against gay marriage!
Now for the record, I'm OK with same sex marriages but let's let's cut the B.S. and evaluate some facts.
In New Hampshire, after a increase in Republicans in the state house and senate, Republicans moved to repeal that state's same sex marriage rights. So yes, Republicans in New Hampshire are making lot of noise with attempts to prohibit same sex marriages. However let's dig a little deeper. A year ago when the debate started, a University of New Hampshire poll released revealed that just 29 percent of Granite State voters support the repeal of same-sex marriage while 62 percent oppose repeal. An October poll by the same University of New Hampshire found that state voters overall opposed the repeal bill two-to-one. During the most recent New Hampshire primary of likely GOP voters, 47% opposed repeal versus 39% in favor. Let's repeat that fact: 47% of Republican voting in the recent New Hampshire Republican primary oppose the repeal of same sex marriage rights. Pushing hard on that repeal may do serious damage to any Republican that wants to serve another term. But the main point here is that even in a state where a group of Republican are working to repeal, 47% of the voting Republicans in that same state oppose the repeal and are OK with same sex marriage.
Now let's look at what happened in California. Proposition 8 allowing same sex marriages was voted down by 52% of the population of that very blue state. Doing the math on that, 47% of voting Republicans in New Hampshire are OK with same sex marriage, while in California 48% of EVERYONE who voted (Democrats, Republicans, and Independents) share the same belief.
In July 2011, ABC News conducted a survey of random Americans across the USA. The question: "Do you think it should be legal or illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married?"
- 51% answered legal
- 45% answered illegal
- 4% are unsure.
Of course California was an abnormality, some type of weird planetary shift occurred for 52% of ALL voters, the same state where Obama received 62% of the popular vote, to vote AGAINST same sex marriage. Right? I mean, everyone knows that ALL Democrats fully support marriage rights for gays, right?
"The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits and other issues, and that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control." -- David Axelrod
President Barack Hussein Obama went on record for being against same sex marriage. PERIOD.
So maybe not 100% of Democrats.
While state level politicians have been busy debating and putting various bill out, Democrats in Washington D.C. have done little more then provide verbal support, in convenient, media ready sound bites. Could there be a reason for this? Perhaps Democrat members of Congress don't actually want to put a vote on record? For them it's a lose/lose. Even when they controlled the White House, and both houses congress they knew they didn't have the votes. Democrat members of Congress know a vote 'for' could cost them elections back home, and a vote 'against' could cost them the White House. The media would have to cover the story. And if the public found out the truth, Democrats would have to find another issue to demonize the Republicans on. Political hypocrisy at it's finest.
Of course for every action, there is a reaction. In those state that now permit same sex marriage, there have also be some reactions:
In New Jersey, the Methodist Church was sued in an attempt to force the church to perform same sex weddings.
In Iowa, a bakery was sued for refusing to sell a wedding cake to a lesbian couple. Victoria Childress, the business owner said , “I didn’t do the cake because of my convictions for their lifestyle. It is my right as a business owner,” she explained. “It is my right, and it’s not to discriminate against them. It’s not so much to do with them, as it’s to do with me, and my walk with God and what I will answer (to) him for,”
And in Illinois, Catholic Charities were looking at a forced shut down of their adoption and foster care services until a judge intervened in order to keep 350 kids from being displaced. Seems the Catholic Church has some silly discrimination policy about gays. And if faith based charities aren't going to place orphans with gays and lesbians, it's just better we shut them down and leave those orphans where they are.
So the public votes to provide people equal rights, and they celebrate by suing to force people to set aside their personal views and religious beliefs to accommodate them in the joy of their newly found rights. After all, what fun is it getting married to your soul mate if you can't sue to do it in a church that doesn't want you there.
And I could say that once gays and lesbians receive the right to marry, they will ALL storm churches, businesses, and faith based charities, suing and demanding everyone not just accept their new legal marriage, but actually participate in it. But of course that would be a mass negative generalization, and that would be wrong.