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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-27-06 11:07 PM
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NYT editorial: Conserving That Compassion: Homophobia as campaign strategy
Editorial
Conserving That Compassion
Published: October 28, 2006

When future generations of Americans look back on the current era, theyll puzzle over what it was about George W. Bush that made people imagine there was anything compassionate to his conservatism.

Having apparently lost all hope that he can use terrorism to scare voters into electing Republicans this November, the president has now begun raising the threat of gay marriage.

The moment the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling on the subject this week, Mr. Bush began using every possible excuse to bring up activist judges and gay weddings on the campaign trail. I mentioned his love for his family, Mr. Bush said at a rally for a Republican Senate candidate in Michigan. He understands what I know, that marriage is a fundamental institution of our civilization. Yesterday in New Jersey we had another activist court issue a ruling ...

The court in New Jersey, for what its worth, was hardly activist. The State Legislature had given gay couples the ability to unite in domestic partnerships that gave them most, but not all, of the legal protections available to married heterosexuals. The court simply said that both kinds of partners deserved the same legal protection, and left it up to the lawmakers to figure out how to do it. Hardly a thunderbolt from the sky, but Mr. Bush took up the cause of protecting the sacred institution that is critical to the health of our society as if a cadre of antifamily jurists had just abolished matrimony.

All this is, as everyone knows, just a show for rousing the base. If the last month has taught us anything about the Republican Party, it is that homophobia is campaign strategy, not conviction. Congressmen who trust their careers to gay staffers vote for laws to enshrine second-class citizenship for gays in the Constitution. Gay appointees and their partners are treated as married people at official ceremonies and social gatherings. Then whenever an election rolls around, the whole team pretends its on a mission to save America from gay marriage....

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/28/opinion/28sat1.html
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HockeyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-27-06 11:15 PM
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1. I don't want to be in an Institution, Mr. Bush
Never mind a "sacred" one according to you. YOU are the one who belongs in an institution and I am not taking about marriage either.
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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-27-06 11:19 PM
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2. Homophobia... racism... misogyny... fear and terror....
....it's ALL campaign strategy.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-27-06 11:39 PM
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3. Marriage is a commitment and a contract between two people
It is neither sacred nor an institution. However Mr. Bush needs to be in an institution--a penal institution.
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