The senate Republican leadership is aiming for a mid-July vote on a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, forcing Democrats to take a stand on the controversial topic just before the party heads to Boston for its presidential nominating convention.
Pardon the clich?, but I say bring it on.
This will be a good test for the senate Leadership, but considering how close this will be to the Dem pep-rally, they shouldn’t have a problem getting everyone (give or take a Zell) on board to oppose this thing. The key to this is that the Democratic party line should be that the Constitution isn’t a rough draft that should be amended to appeal to the whims of the electorate. The last time we tried something like that, it was a complete failure.
The Republicans think they’ll be able to turn this into a “John Kerry loves homos and hates Jesus” issue, but they’re forgetting one little detail : they don’t get to speak at the senate convention. If you thought last week’s Gipperporn was one-sided, wait until the conventions come around and the two major parties get four days of uninterrupted primetime coverage to say whatever the hell they want.
So if the Republicans really wanna go there (another clich?), they better be prepared for the Dems to use their limited bully pulpit to reframe the debate on gay marriage and expose the fact that the GOP’s passion for limited government is eclipsed by their passion for making sure bigotry is enshrined in our government’s most important document.