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May 12 2012

Mitt Romney to openly campaign on constitutional amendment against gay marriage

Okay, so if this is something you can do, if this sort of thing is actually politically viable, how’s about Obama openly campaign on a constitutional amendment mandating that gay marriages be legal nationwide?

Hell, let’s say he makes a constitutional amendment that says that the decision about what entities can enter into what contracts and whether those contracts would be legal nationwide, is a federal level decision. That way if they go on to put a law on the books saying that the contract called “marriage” is between two mutually consenting human beings of any gender or race or creed or denomination, and these people get married, it’s legal nationwide.

If Mitt can be politically “brave” by staking his campaign on keeping gays (and women for that matter) from achieving or maintaining basic human rights, then Obama can certainly be truly brave and advocate for real progress by doing the exact opposite, rather than triangulating to appear the centrist pragmatist.

Whether you like all the other nonsense he couched the whole announcement in, Obama did something relatively brave by being the first president to support gay marriage. Maybe he can do gays one better by turning this election into a national referendum, while the public largely supports gay marriage. I’m sure it would motivate voters who favor equality over religiously-motivated bigotry.

Of course, it’s also a good possibility that this strategy would backfire and gay rights would falter as a result of Willard gaining momentum on this platform of unmitigated bigotry. It’s never a good idea to leave human rights up to the general populace, because they tend to squelch minority rights.

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  1. 1
    Greg Laden

    “…USA Today/Gallup found 26 percent said they would be less likely to vote for Obama after his Wednesday announcement that he supports legalizing gay marriage, compared with 13 percent who said the announcement would make them more likely to vote for him.”

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/05/12/Poll-gauges-Obama-gay-marriage-stand-vote/UPI-22281336832073/#ixzz1ufQrSKzF

    He took a stand, is paying for it in the polls now. I’m not sure if doubling down at this moment is wise if we want to keep Scissor Hand Romney out of the Mighty White House.

  2. 2
    Jason Thibeault

    It’s early in the horse race yet… I’ll be optimistic for a little while longer. Hopefully enough dirt will come out on Romney to destroy his chances at wrecking your country.

  3. 3
    evilDoug

    Is there anything else in the US constitution that could be considered to be in any way parallel – that is a specific prohibition to equal legal status for a particular subset of citizens?

    Maybe Canadians should get into “general fortitude and marriage counselling” tourism. We could bring people from south of the border up here to help them get over their terrible weaknesses that makes them so fear their nation and marriages will dissolve because other people in their nation are allowed to have marriages too.

  4. 4
    Your Name's not Bruce?

    I really don’t understand how these people cannot see that they are doomed to be on the wrong side of history, that they will be derisively lumped in with slavery supporters, segregationists and other reactionary bigots.

  5. 5
    Trebuchet

    Because of Obama’s announcement, I suspect gay marriage will be pretty much the principle campaign issue for Republicans at all levels. The economy will be secondary, and not as successful for them.

  6. 6
    Ing

    No Obama said her personally supported it but defended the State’s to outlaw it and said how he personally respected those opposed and that they weren’t acting out of hate.

  7. 7
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    constitutional amendment against gay marriage

    How the hell does that even work? That’s not what the Constitution is for, dumbasses. How about an amendment that says the entertainment industry can use law enforcement and the courts to harass, extort, and intimidate people. Or one that says you can’t wear purple on Wednesdays.

  8. 8
    Jason Thibeault

    Ing: judging by those crashing polls, nobody heard that waffling and triangulation but the people most directly affected by it. Thus both the anti-gays and the gays hate him now.

  9. 9
    CompulsoryAccount7746, Sky Captain

    @Your Name’s not Bruce? #4:

    I really don’t understand how these people cannot see that they are doomed to be on the wrong side of history

    - Forethought isn’t a priority.
    - Legacy is about making now last as long as possible by resisting unfamiliar change.
    - Past history is a collection of stories we tell ourselves for morale boosts rather than learning what really happened.
    - Future history is about whether later generations agree with someone’s current narrative.
    - Education is indoctrination to ensure they will agree.

  10. 10
    John Morales

    Jason @8, does that not suggest to you that PZ’s take on it (“In for a penny, in for a pound, I say — I dare Obama to now stand up and fight for this right. None of this pussy-footing around — he’s going to get screwed by the haters already — so he might as well take a strong stand and earn the goddamned liberal/progressive vote.”) has merit?

    (I’ve yet to see anyone argue this contention)

  11. 11
    John Morales

    PS I think that anyone who imagines Obama’s sop to his constituency was an off-the-cuff personal opinion (as opposed to a cynical, calculated political move) is rather naive.

  12. 12
    Anymouse

    @ #7 F: Actually, that is exactly what the Constitution is for, that is, whatever we wish.

    Bear in mind it was used to count slaves as three-fifths of a person and Natives as zero (until the government struck the first provision out and Ponca Chief Standing Bear won his landmark case in the Supreme Court).

    It was used to outlaw alcohol. It outlawed the right to vote for women and those under twenty-one.

    It can be used to outlaw gay marriages as well, if such an amendment can be passed through the normal Constitutional mechanisms.

    I wonder if Romney working for such an amendment would annul existing marriages though?

  13. 13
    George W.

    Was anybody else physically ill when they heard Mitt “Willard Scisorhands” Romney giggle with delight while he claimed to “not recall” the haircut incident?

  14. 14
    Chiroptera

    Anymouse, #12: It outlawed the right to vote for women and those under twenty-one.

    Actually, the US Constitution never outlawed the right to vote for women, those under twenty-one, or anyone else. It did not have explicit guarantees that those individuals had the right to vote, but did not forbid a state, territory, or other jurisdiction to grant those rights if they wanted. In fact, before 1920, women had the right to vote in several states, which would have included voting for Federal level offices.

    Maybe that was what you meant; if so, sorry for the pedantry.

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