The Republican party platform committee — tasked with reconciling the views of party activists with Mitt Romney's desire to agree with 100% of what 100% of the people believe 100% of the time — is currently meeting in Tampa ahead of next week's GOP Convention to draft a list of party principles and positions.
The language on marriage — written by none other than the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins — defends the "traditional concept of marriage," which means guys had better hold out for at least 10 goats and a small duchy before agreeing to anything. Though, I'm going to wait until someone throws a camel into the mix to keep it super-traditional.
The draft also states, "We oppose the Administration's open defiance of this principle [of separation of powers] — in its handling of immigration cases, in federal personnel benefits, in allowing a same-sex marriage at a military base, and in refusing to defend DOMA in the courts." It's not clear if reading that backwards produces a plan for creating jobs, but if you anagram the language to read, "gay bridal registry," you do get a formula for the most effective form of economic stimulus ever proposed.
The tough-sounding measure did not pass without dissent. This morning, Rhode Island delegate Barbara Fenton proposed an amendment that would have expressed formal support for same-sex civil unions.
The proposal died in a voice vote, meaning the Republican Party will continue to formally oppose anything other than marriage between one man and a series of women who will settle for him.
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It's strange that Nevadans have such unfavorable views of their elected officials — normally, Nevada voters love prostitutes. In fact, support for legal brothels is one issues that crosses party lines.
A recent Public Policy Polling survey found that 66% of Republicans, 66% of Democrats and 58% of Independents agreed that brothels should be legal, as opposed to just 23% of all Nevada voters who believed they should be banned. Even the ideological landscape divide is muted, with 72% of "very liberal" voters supporting brothels compared to 50% of "very conservative voters."
But though there's no prohibition on gay sex in brothels, there is a prohibition on gay and lesbian partners forming state-sanctioned families together. And many brothel-supporting Nevadans would like to keep it that way. According to a recent survey, Nevadans are split on same-sex marriage by a 45-44% margin, with 67% of Democrats supporting equality, compared to just 20% of Republicans.
The results highlight the strength of traditional family values. After all, historically, marriage is an institution involving a man, a woman, and the the women with whom the man is cheating on his wife.
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Tags: Marriage, Marriage Equality, Nevada, Polls, Prostitution, Sex
Rick Santorum may have stopped running for president last month, but he hasn't stopped running his mouth on television.
Rick Santorum is urging Mitt Romney to "step up" and weaponize the issue of same-sex marriage.
"This is a very potent weapon, if you will, for Governor Romney if he's willing to step up and take advantage of a president who is very much out of touch with the values of America," Santorum said in an eye-opening live interview with Arkansas TV station KARK, a CNN affiliate.
Obama is so "out of touch," said the guy who doesn't believe in condoms, has seven homeschooled children and wears customized sweater vests. The President's support for gay marriage definitely shows that he's way out of the mainstream in America, where the majority of people support gay marriage, including 56% of women.
Despite Santorum's well-known opposition to same-sex marriage, this news about him is kind of surprising. Mainly because it's not the story one would expect upon seeing "Santorum," "gay" and "touch" in the same headline.
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Speaking at a Faith & Freedom Coalition dinner in Waukee, Iowa, Senator Rand Paul tried to make a funny as part of his campaign to reconcile mainstream Republican activists to the influx Ron Paul supporters who have emerged as a powerful force in Republican caucuses and conventions…
"The president recently weighed in on marriage and you know he said his views were evolving on marriage. Call me cynical, but I wasn't sure his views on marriage could get any gayer," he said, drawing laughter from the audience.
Though Paul is widely seen as positioning himself as a socially conservative candidate primed to win the 2016 Republican Iowa Caucuses, such comments are still surprising given the support his father engenders among increasingly tolerant young people. It's not as if gay Americans and supporters of Rand Paul's father are so different. For one thing, the former are often closeted, the latter are typically basemented.
Even more surprising was the reaction from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and social conservative activist Tony Perkins…
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," strongly disagreed with the Kentucky Republican's choice of words.
"I don't think this is something we should joke about," Perkins said. "We are talking about individuals who feel very strongly one way or the other, and I think we should be civil, respectful, allowing all sides to have the debate…. I think this is not something to laugh about. It's not something to poke fun at other people about. This is a very serious issue."
This is the same Tony Perkins who recently blamed the Secret Service prostitution scandal on the repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Tony "the organization I head is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center" Perkins. When that Tony Perkins thinks you've gone too far, maybe you need a more Ayn Randian approach to quips: everyone in the audience comes up with their own jokes and there's absolutely no sharing.
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Tags: Iowa, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Rand Paul, Tony Perkins
There's something about Democrats and gay marriage that seems to evoke memories of beloved sitcoms. First, there was Joe Biden's infamous gay marriage endorsement on Sunday, in which he credited Will & Grace with making gay relationships mainstream.
Any television show that features plot lines about topics like gay marriage, AIDS, women's sexuality, death, and immigration could be considered controversial. But a television show that debuted in 1985 — in the middle of Ronald Reagan's presidency — tackling those topics? That's downright radical. And that's exactly what "The Golden Girls" was — radical…
In [the show], Sophia, a devoutly Catholic matriarch, explains to her roommate Blanche why everyone deserves the chance to get married — and she did it over twenty years before Obama said the exact same thing.
While the President may not be as cutting-edge and forward-thinking as The Golden Girls or Will & Grace, unlike Republicans, he at least believes in the Big Bang Theory and doesn't model his family life on Leave It to Beaver.
By standing up to all the homophobes and publicly supporting marriage equality, President Obama showed true courage and proved he's a real man. Like Bea Arthur. Perhaps he can win over those Florida retirees after all.
Incidentally, the show's theme song, "Thank You For Being A Friend," is also what Mitt Romney says to all his favorite corporations.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Betty White, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Television