Here’s a little quiz. Which raving lefty in the Democratic Party penned this:
We do not live in a theocracy. Our country is not a church. And that is by design. The Founders of this country insisted upon religious freedom. Obviously, the religious beliefs, or lack thereof, of every voter inform our laws through the people they elect to represent them. But the Constitution guarantees that the majority of voters in any state cannot override the basic protections outlined in the Fourteenth Amendment for any minority group – to do that would require another amendment to the Constitution.
It is time to recognize that homosexuals have the same rights as any other citizen. I suppose that states could simply stop recognizing all marriages, like a state representative in Oklahoma is attempting but that seems to be rather extreme. Short of that, all citizens should be treated equally under the law.
The answer, of course is: none of them. That quote comes from Houston’s Republican blogger David Jennings. Hearing this kind of rational, thoughtful, consistently conservative argument for same sex marriage coming from a Texas Republican grassroots activist is a very encouraging development.
I have no idea why Republicans keep talking about homosexuality in any context. Gay baiting was a briefly successful strategy during the Bush Era, but we have worn it out completely. Now it backfires, further feeding the perception of Republicans as bigoted curmudgeons out of touch with American values.
Perhaps the end of gay baiting in the Republican Party could mark the beginning of a shift toward a more sane agenda. That isn’t happening yet, but as more Republicans like David Jennings recognize the conservative case for same sex marriage, the closer the party will get to that critical mass.