One of the most amusing things to me is watching the Christian right try to convince themselves and others that they’re not losing the fight on same-sex marriage. Phyllis Schlafly does so by citing polling data only of Republicans as if they represent everyone.
If you get your news from the mainstream media, you may believe that the adoption of gay marriage is the wave of the future, that its momentum is so strong that it is unbeatable. But not so fast. That may not be true at all. All this so-called momentum is created by supremacist judges who are trying to impose their left-wing bias even on states where the voters have passed a referendum putting only traditional husband-wife marriage into their state constitution. Unfortunately, we are stuck with some supremacist judges who claim we have a “living” Constitution and pretend that they can rewrite our laws and even our Constitution. This marriage issue will probably go to the U.S. Supreme Court in about a year, and we don’t know how the Court will rule.
Let’s first look at the so-called momentum to abolish marriage as we have known it for centuries and what the public opinion polls tell us. A new poll by Wilson Research Strategies surveyed Republicans and Republican-leading Independents and found that 82% agree that marriage should be defined only as a union between “one man and one woman.” It also found that 75% disagreed that “politicians should support the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples.”
The Republican National Platform adopted in Tampa in 2012 says: “We reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
After Nevada Republicans dropped traditional marriage from their state platform, the Republican Party promptly punished Nevada by rejecting Las Vegas as a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention. It is unfortunate if marriage becomes a political issue between Republicans and Democrats, but it does look as if politics is going that way. We are looking for candidates who will defend marriage and not be swept along in the gay tide.
So this is her argument, in essence: People who are against same-sex marriage are against same-sex marriage, therefore we’re going to win. Of course, polls of all voters, including Republicans, show exactly the opposite, that about 55-60% of Americans now support marriage equality and it continues to climb. And the longer the Republican party continues to pretend that isn’t the case, the more bigoted and old-fashioned they’re going to look to a growing majority of Americans.
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