Saturday, October 25, 2003

Creepy Repugs Focus on Bashing Gays

As has become usual, the GOP is preparing to take the lowest road possible in the 2004 election and apparently intend to indulge and encourage red America's penchant for gay bashing. In fact, some right wing "Christian" groups give opposing gay unions a higher importance than banning abortion.

Party strategists said the issue could be a bonanza for mobilizing conservatives to fund campaigns and turn out to vote, particularly in the South. Conservative groups said they plan to challenge candidates to sign a pledge in support of a constitutional amendment precluding gay marriage, then use the results -- along with votes Republicans hope to force in the House and Senate -- as a wedge against Democrats.

Charming, isn't it? And unfortunately many Democrats will fall into line and tacitly bash gays in return. It's amazing that no one has the courage to recognize that this is basically a replay of the civil rights battles that followed World War II, with many of the same arguments being tediously rolled out (the arguments against gay marriage in particular are practically identical to the arguments used by the same kind of right wing fruitcakes against interracial marriage). And, although the right wing fruitcakes don't realise it, very soon they will be regarded with the same kind of amazed contempt that their Jim Crow predecessors are. In the meantime, though, it's going to be ugly. And damned dangerous to be gay or lesbian.

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