Sunday, October 29, 2006

Gay Marriage Wedge

When you boil it all down, Christian Right leaders use gay marriage as a political wedge issue.

"Pro-traditional-marriage organizations ought to give a distinguished service award to the New Jersey Supreme Court," said the Rev. Richard Land, head of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Land and other conservative religious leaders predicted that the court's 4 to 3 ruling, which was handed down Wednesday, would boost turnout of social conservatives in the midterm elections, particularly in the eight states that have constitutional amendments against same-sex marriage on the Nov. 7 ballot.

"I have to think there are Democratic strategists out there thinking the words of the old Japanese admiral: 'I fear all we've done is wake a sleeping giant,' " said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a Washington-based advocacy group. "They were coasting into an election with a Republican base with dampened enthusiasm. This brings it all back home to the base, what this election is about."

It's all about electing Republicans, baby.

There is a sign that people are getting wise to this. James Dobson is no longer the hottest ticket.

The next two rallies, in St. Paul, Minn., on Oct. 3 and Nashville on Oct. 16, were moved from stadium-size venues to smaller auditoriums, and the tickets, which had been on sale for $7, were given away. Each event also drew about 3,000 people, according to Focus on the Family spokesman Paul Hetrick.

"We don't gauge the success by the number of people," Hetrick said, adding: "I don't think it's the rallies [that flopped]. I just think it's more of a challenge to enthuse people about midterm elections."

There hasn't been a flop this bad since Carrie: the Musical.


At October 30, 2006 11:00 AM , Blogger Truth or Death said...

I've worked closely with Dr. Land and the Family Research Council on this issue and I can tell you, the goal here is definitely not electing Republicans, it is defending marriage. There is frustration with much of the Republican leadership for a lack of initiative on this front, but Republicans still provide the best vehicle for defending the core values of Evangelical voters, which is where the goal and the method merge.

And I think you might be jumping the gun to conclude that Dr. Dobson is losing influence simply because of a couple of low turn-out rallies. As long as there are Evangelical voters, Dr. Dobson is gong to to be influencial on elections.

At October 30, 2006 7:53 PM , Blogger Michael Hussey said...

G, does this mean you're not a Carrie: the Musical fan?

At October 31, 2006 4:02 PM , Blogger Mustang Bobby said...

If you're going to start defending marriage, you might start working with the people who are actually married in the first place. Get your act together among the straight couples before you come after the gays. There's a well-known philosopher who once said, "Physician, heal thyself."

Dr. Dobson is going to influential on elections; that's true. As another well-known philosopher said, "There's a sucker born every minute."

At October 31, 2006 5:39 PM , Blogger Michael Hussey said...

The issue to me is fairness. There are straight and gay couples will have break ups because the relationships went South. Straight and gays should be treated equally under the 14th amendment. Churches can decide what they view as a marriage. That's not the govenrment's role under the Constitution. The church should not decide what consenting adults do with sexual matters. It's a wedge issue that has no role in government.


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