Gay Marriage Effects
Yesterday the NJ courts decided that gay marriage is allowed unless their legislature wants to define marriage some other way. I assume this was brought about by a gay couple trying to get married which went to court. This issue is now front page news in most major newspapers and other major media outlets. 2 weeks before an election the liberals have made gay marriage an issue.
In 2004, it was our friend mayor Gavin Newsome of San Francisco that decided he would make gay marriage an issue in an election year. He started giving out illegal marriage licenses to gay couples, which were eventually stopped and voided. Yet again, this made front page news everywhere; and it was a liberal who made gay marriage an issue.
For some reason, the liberals don't understand the gay marriage debate among the American people. The vast majority of Americans oppose gay marriage, but they don't really care. Most don't really see the threat b/c they can't fathom anyone trying to legalize it to begin with. What turns this into a campaign issue and fires up the evangelicals about this is when things happen like yesterday that prove gay marriage can happen. That mobilizes voters on the issue and makes it a major campaign issue heading into an election.
We have been told that the evangelicals are not as likely to vote this year for the GOP due to the Foley scandal and several other issues, but yesterday's court ruling will probably bring a good number back to the GOP side. If it turns out the GOP holds its majorities by slim margins, this ruling could very well be the one thing that tipped the balance.
More locally in Virginia, this ruling could have a major adverse effect on the "Vote No" crowd. From what I have seen, most people haven't really been concerned with gay marriage right now, and may be open to voting against the amendment. That probably won't be the case now that they see it is a legitamite issue.
People need to understand political parties use what issues are in the news to help themselves. As long as liberals make gay marriage an issue near election day, Republicans will take advantage of it.