I’m not a Democrat, although I tend to side with them on their social platforms more often than not. I’m definitely not a Republican, although counting back thirty years or so I could see why moderates were attracted to some of its planks. Call it laziness, call it a fear of commitment, call it an unwillingness to give up sleeping with either babe, but I’m pretty much an avowed Independent. I don’t relish the labels and prefer to find the reasonable, sane center of either the Left or the Right. If I can find it, that is, but it’s pretty tough these days.
That said, while I understand a lot of GOPers are not one-issue voters, I cannot fathom why Log Cabin Republicans are, well… Republicans. Here, for example, is what their executive director said about the President’s announcement that he supports gay marriage:
“That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans executive director. “Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch. This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign’s ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a day late and a dollar short.”
And you know? He’s right. It was a political move by Obama. Anyone who’s been paying attention these past four years knows Obama supports gay marriage, and anyone with half a mind understands that he couldn’t have been elected four years ago if he openly supported it. For the record, I don’t agree with Obama’s compromise; I think he should have committed himself to civil rights from the get-go. I understand why he didn’t, and I appreciate the progress his administration has made toward marriage equality, but this is one viewpoint that I don’t think should be compromised–even if it costs an election.
Still, despite my misgivings over how Obama’s handled gay marriage, I just truly don’t understand why Log Cabin Republicans stick with the GOP. The simple truth is that the GOP, by action and word, absolutely despises them. They truly hate gays. We’re not talking simple political expediency here, we’re talking out-and-out bigotry that shows little sign (almost invisible) of letting up any time soon.
The Republicans kill equal marriage bills, add amendments denying even civil marriage; they refuse to protect gays in matters of work and housing; they push unscientific and dangerous “therapies” to convert TEH GAYZ into repressed and suicidal faux-straights; they encourage and relish in religious bigotry; they truly, truly dislike Log Cabin Republicans.
It’s not a one-issue deal, here. It’s THE issue. I’m not defined by my sexuality, but it is a part of my make up and it’s an essential part of who I am. Were the tables turned and straights discriminated against, I would not suck at the teat of the very group that hates me so. Whether pride, stubbornness or just one small iota of self-respect, I’d rather go it alone, unwilling to bend knee to a party who tells me each and every way it cannot stand me.
A quick forty-five years ago it would have been illegal in some states for me to marry my wife. (Neither of us is that old, by the way, not even close… with varying definitions of “close”.) Thankfully, cooler heads on the Supreme Court (who, up to that point as a historical body, had badly mangled the outcomes of anti-miscegenation cases) prevailed and in Loving v. Virginia struck down all the remaining bigoted laws denying marital rights to couples of mixed race. Had that not happened, I wouldn’t be married to the beautiful Insta-Princess, and we wouldn’t have our outrageously awesome son, Evil Holland.
I certainly would never join the political group responsible for keeping us apart. I would have fought separately, independently, and unwaveringly, and afterward I would have kicked the bigoted party in the tooth. (Not really about the tooth thing. But it’s fun to say. Ask my wife. I stole it from her.)
I have little doubt that gay marriage will eventually be the law of the land, and I would be surprised if the Supreme Court wasn’t the trolley ride we hopped on to make it happen all across the nation. There will be bumps and bruises; and we will see the ugliest side yet to come from the social conservatives, but it will happen. And I will gleefully celebrate and proudly tell Evil Holland that, yes, this is what it’s like when a country does it right, and to remember this day because one less form of bigotry is allowed to flourish in our political system.
And then I’ll go pee. Because, man, turns out your body pees a lot when you exercise each day.
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