Gayville’s all hot and bothered as we get closer to tonight’s HRC/Logo “Gay Debates”. No doubt marriage will be a hot topic for the democratic presidential contenders.
One of the most contentious political issues in American history, nuptials have a tendency to trip one up. There are, of course, so many names: marriage, partnership, union. It’s hard out there for a presidential hopeful.
So, what should they do?
Rather than jumping through semiotic hoops, says Evan Wolfson, candidates need a standard, yet all-encompassing reply. For example:
I recognize and value the dignity and worth of all families. I believe in marriage and the good it offers society, and respect those who accept the commitment, protections, and responsibilities of marriage. Allowing same-sex couples to share that commitment does nothing to diminish my marriage with my (wife/husband).
Freedom of religion means that churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious institutions may decide whether to marry any particular couple. But a democratic and constitutional government should not discriminate as to which couples get a marriage license. Government should not be putting obstacles in the path of people seeking to care for their loved ones, nor should government create unequal classes of citizens.
America is strongest when we support all our people equally and build strong communities. Because I believe in fairness for all American families, I support the responsibilities and security of marriage for same-sex couples willing to take on that commitment.
I disagree with those who would use this question to divide the American people. The majority of Americans believe in equal rights and protections for their fellow citizens, and so do I.
Hmmm, pretty good response, although we’d like to add something to the very end: “You hicks who don’t approve of gay marriage can lick my [insert gender specific genital].” Sure, it may not win you any votes, but it would make for great press…