Did the GOP Kill Prop. 8?
BY Advocate Contributors
August 10 2010 3:35 PM ET
COMMENTARY: I despise it when someone has a victim mentality; it annoys me to no end. Those who know this about me also know that I believe government should not be in the marriage business, as I believe that marriage is a religious institution and that gay and straight couples should both be allowed to have civil unions as opposed to marriage.
With that said, I think that it is ridiculous that so many gays love to hold up banners and scream "Separation of church and state!" but in the next breath ask the government to sanction marriage, a religious institution. This is a clear contradiction and, in my personal opinion, an uneducated and hypocritical statement.
One hundred percent of the legislative process in the United States Congress has been controlled by Democrats since 2007. The Democrats have had a monopoly on both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government since 2009. During this time the Democrats — who are considered by many gays to be the sole defenders and tireless advocates of their rights — failed to pass a marriage equality bill or repeal of Bill Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, despite having a supermajority in the United States Senate.
In California from 1999 to 2003, Democrats controlled the state legislature, and there was a Democratic governor, Gray Davis. During this time marriage equality legislation was not made law and upheld in California.
To the present time, many gay rights activists are comfortable dumping millions of dollars into the campaign war chests of Democrats running for office — Equality California, the Human Rights Campaign, and other so-called nonpartisan gay organizations — and they have nothing to show for it. Talk about a bad, fraudulent investment.
Pro-gay groups organize gays and lesbians (many of whom are not even registered to vote) at events and other platforms for action to vilify Republicans, who are the minority party in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and have no meaningful control over the legislative process. These organizations, their affiliates, and their members have carried on relentless business boycotts during this long economic recession. They have punished many Americans, directly and indirectly, who simply exercised their freedom to vote, a universal right that many of these vigilantes refuse to use themselves. Instead, they prefer others to carry their water for them, so to speak.