Saturday, April 15, 2006

GOP Election Plan: Flag-Burning, Gay Marriage Amendments

Here they go again! USA Today reports that Senate Republicans are laying out their election plan and, surprise!, it will be to push for the anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment and resurrect their old chestnut "anti-flag burning" amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and of course more restrictions on abortion rights.

Let's see...we are in a "war on terror", a quagmired military occupation in Iraq, a criminal scandalridden Republican Congress and White House, American workers are falling behind in the "class war," and these are the issues the Republican Reich think matter the most to American voters!

Unfortunately, there are many of those poor workers who do consider these issues more important than their economic well-being, but (hopefully) they are not the majority of American voters.

Senate Majority Leader, and likely presidential candidate Bill Frist (R-TN) has promised a vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment in time for the upcoming election. However, the other likely GOP Presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says he is still opposed to the amendment (unless the courts strike down the Defense of Marriage Act which allows states the right to define marriage themselves). But, given McCain's backstrokes to kiss up to the Christian Right (he recently jumped in bed with Jerry Falwell), I expect he will change his position to win the GOP nomination, which requires the support of the GOP's christo-fascist base.

Once again, the GOP will attack queers to win the election... and the Democratic Party will try not to be trapped into supporting gay marriage again, while still expecting the support of gay voters.

As a gay person who has not considered the heterosexist institution of "marriage" at the top of the "gay agenda," I'm beginning to think that gay marriage is not worth another fascist Republican congress or another Republican administration. Is there anyway to "postpone" the gay marriage thing? I guess not. We are forced to stand up for the equality and social justice, even if it means losing a few elections, but will the cost be too high?

Should we have to choose between the future of U.S. Democracy, the Constitution and the planet over equal rights for gays?
Scratching my head..