Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Gay Marriage Effects

I think its funny how every year the liberals accuse the Republicans of making gay marriage an issue when there more important things to worry about. The reason I think its funny is b/c its the liberals who actually make it an issue right around election time.

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.


  • At 10/26/2006 2:42 PM, Blogger Jack Landers said…

    How did 'the liberals' make this an issue right now? Some gay couple went to court in New Jersey a year or 2 ago and it only now wound it's way through the appeals process for a final ruling. How is that 'the liberals' doing? I seem to have missed the part where any cabal of left-wingers got together and decided to start howling about gay marriage.

    For all you know that gay couple in NJ could be a couple of conservatives. Ken Mehlman, David Drier, Rick Sincere and a whole host of other Republicans are all gay.

    Gay marriage has been a big focus of Virginia Republicans all through this race. The blog entriess about ballot provision #1 have been flying around for months. You guys decided that this was your big issue. Not liberals. If you think that's a good, honorable thing then go ahead and defend it. Just don't pretend that liberals brought it up.

  • At 10/26/2006 2:46 PM, Blogger Vivian J. Paige said…

    I assume this was brought about by a gay couple trying to get married which went to court.
    You know what happens when you assume? :)

    In the case at hand, the legislature of New Jersey created the Domestic Partnership Act, which allowed couples to register domestic partnerships. If you read the opinion, you will learn that the NJSC said that the DPA created a situation that caused such couples harm. NJ is one of 5 states with no prohibition against gay marriage in its constitution. It then returned the matter to the legislature to decide how to fix the inequity.

    Virginia has, of course, a statute that bans gay marriage and gay civil unions. So you cannot compare VA to NJ.

    I hope that you, as a conservative, will be voting NO as well.

  • At 10/26/2006 9:38 PM, Anonymous brimur said…

    Let's take a quote from your post and change a couple words. Wow, we're back in the 1950s.

    "The vast majority of Americans oppose [desegregation], but they don't really care. Most don't really see the threat b/c they can't fathom anyone trying to [desegregate] to begin with."

  • At 10/27/2006 11:40 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Vivian, my arguement was that someone had to sue to make this case come up. I know a law was written that caused a problem, but someone had to sue somewhere along the line to make it to court.

  • At 11/03/2006 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    funny, that Evagelical guy who an ardent gay basher is a closet faggot himself, and a meth head to boot...need to tell us something GOP HOkie????

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