Saturday, August 07, 2010

Where is the Republican outrage with federal judge's blocking of California's effort to outlaw gay marriage?

The right-wing reaction to the California Supreme Court's decision that blocking a ban on gay marriage caused massive counter reactions and led to the passage of California Proposition 8 making gay marriage unconstitutional under the California constitution. You'd expect the Republican party to have a similar massive and angry reaction to federal Judge Vaughn Walker's decision announced Wednesday that a ban on gay marriage was a violation of the Constitution.

But what do we get? Well, not quite crickets, but the reaction is certainly quite muted. Where is it?

Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor offers an explanation for the lack of reaction on the right. Apparently the Republicans are depending on the bad economy to get them reelected and to make gains in Congress.
Republican leaders today are focused intently on the economy – and on blaming Democratic policies for its still-sluggish state – as they try to rally independents, libertarians, and "tea party" adherents around conservative economic ideals in advance of midterm elections.

"Every indicator that I have ... generally speaking, is that economic growth and job creation are the tandem issues that will be the principal drivers of voter decision at polls,” Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins told reporters Thursday. "What I’m encouraging candidates to do is go out and run on an economic platform, a jobs platform."

That's not to say passions no longer run high on gay marriage. Atlanta on Saturday is host to dueling protests over the Proposition 8 ruling from California, as will be the case for other US communities in coming days. Indeed, the ruling in California, if validated on appeal, could affect some or all of the 45 states with similar gay-marriage bans on their books or embedded in their constitutions.

But Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican and a staunch opponent of gay marriage, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, and a several other top Republicans have offered muted responses so far to Wednesday's ruling from federal Judge Vaughn Walker
What it boils down to is that the leaders of the Republican Party will happily throw anyone - including the American nation and the American Constitution - under the bus as long as it gets them back into power.

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