Friday, October 10, 2008

Same-Sex Marriage in Connecticut

In what will surely be a double-edged sword, same-sex marriage has been legalized in Connecticut by the courts. This is now the third state to have the courts legalize same-sex marriage. Akin to California, Connecticut already had civil union status for same-sex couples but unlike California, it wasn't 100% the same rights as granted to heterosexual couples. Close, but not the same.

The problem with this is that judges being that active in shaping policy tend to bring out the conservative voters, as Gay Patriot West points out. No, not the good old fashioned ones who want government to be smaller and out of our hairs, the ones who rally together and pushed for same-sex marriage bans in all manner of states. It also brings back up a wedge issue that was being ignored everywhere but California, who's anti-same-sex marriage amendment has recently been gaining ground including amongst younger voters. What this does is it makes same-sex marriage a national issue again, when it hadn't been all election cycle. The only people to make stink about it (Brownback and Huckabee) didn't get the nomination and really, didn't get all that far. It also forces McCain to take a position when it's much easier for him not to do so. It's also much better for him not to because if he goes with his gut, he'll support civil union status and let marriage be decided by churches. If he goes with the political instincts of those surrounding him, he's going to say that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. I don't want him to do the latter. I don't want him to alienate the Log Cabin Republicans. I don't want McCain to alienate independent voters who are already hugging onto Obama at the moment. I don't want McCain to make a policy statement that he doesn't believe.

Frankly, this is what I want McCain to say,
"The decision in Connecticut was a state matter and one in which the people of Connecticut must decide upon. As for me, I feel that the crime in the whole matter is that the courts decided on this issue. The people or their representatives are the way in which laws should be made, not through the courts and that's why I plan to appoint only those people to the court who have the fundamental understanding that our Constitution is to be strictly upheld."
End of statement. Don't make it about same-sex marriage, make it about the courts. That's something even I, a supporter of the legalization of same-sex marriage, can agree with him on. Your move, Senator.

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