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Obama 'evolves'; Romney 'flip-flops'
May 22, 2012 - Ron Hart
May 15, 2012 -
By Ron HartObama got it right about gay marriage by finally announcing he is for it as a states' right issue. Kudos.
The president overturned Bill Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy last year, and now he has come out in support of gay marriage. My guess is that he felt homosexuals could endure brutal wartime combat but until now were not quite ready for marriage.
The openly gay can now serve in the military. I am not sure where "openly gay" falls on the continuum ranging from Richard Simmons to Richard Chamberlain, but that's fine.
Between enlisting in the military and marriage, gays must not feel their lives are complete until they can be yelled at in the confines of a sanctioned institution.
Joe "Plugs" Biden came out for gay marriage a few days before the president did. One might say Biden's gaffe (Enlarge) CARTOON BY STEVE KELLEY may have "outed" Barrack. I was surprised that Biden went off-message and caused a problem; he usually makes such solid decisions.
The good news for gays: The weeks of interplay between Biden and Obama leading up to this announcement might be made into a musical – it's a win-win.
Maybe life will improve for the often-bullied Biden. I hear gay teenagers are sending him encouraging videos telling him things will improve for him.
Biden followed his predecessor, Dick Cheney, in supporting gay marriage. Cheney has a gay daughter, which is probably why he reversed himself on the matter. Either that, or he sees marriage as akin to torture.
When Obama "evolved" on the issue, the press cheered with glee, much as they cheer the TV show "Glee." When Mitt Romney changes positions, he "flip-flops," but the media's Messiah, Obama, of course, simply "evolves." Conservative Republicans never believed in evolution, anyway, so they are torn on this.
The GOP rigidity on same-sex marriage is troubling. If you support minimal government and individual responsibility, how can you insist on legislating such personal matters?
Gays are not just Democrats; many Republicans test positive for Appletinis. There are about 7 gay Republicans in Congress, but we generally do not find out who they are until Gloria Allred calls a press conference with a male-prostitute client and tells us.
While some Republicans, like Ron Paul and Rand Paul, are gay-friendly, the GOP is not coordinated on the issue. An Alabama GOP politician who ran for office on an anti-gay platform was recently found to be secretly donating his sperm for lesbian couples overseas to get pregnant. Talk about the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing!
I grew up in a small town, in a simpler time. Gays were gay even back then, and we all knew it, but they were not all up-in-your-face about it. I wondered then why would anyone would choose to be gay.
To evangelicals: You have to admit that being gay must be something with which a person is born. One does not "catch" gay. Therefore, if God made gay people that way, why expend angst and anger making life hard on them? Are they really a problem? With massive debt, unneeded wars of choice and an ever-more intrusive government, why are a couple of gym teachers with a joint checking account an issue? Whom are they hurting?
As a libertarian, I have long said it is wrong to waste effort going out of one's way to keep gays from anything as long as it does not harm others. While I am not a fan of the mechanics, I really do not care what gay guys do – as long as they do not try to do it to me.
Those consumed with denying gays the right to marry are relics of the past. They are like AM radio stations that still play music. You know they exist, but you wonder why – and who listens.
I am not sure why the GOP-ers think that, but for their vigilance, everyone in America might run off and get all gay-married. The GOP needs a big tent; who better to decorate it than gays?
The anti-gay article of "faith" is so ingrained that now Romney and Marco Rubio, or whatever Republican Romney picks for a running mate, are boxed into a corner and will have to be against gay marriage. That's such a shame – they would make such a cute couple.
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