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Today’s New York Times account of the planned repeal of the statute that would preclude out-of-state-couples from marrying in our state includes this quote from MassEquality’s Marc Solomon.
We were collectively thinking about planning to wait until after the November elections because we were concerned that the far right, the Karl Rove types of people, would once again try to use this issue as a wedge issue in the campaign,” said Marc Solomon, campaign director for MassEquality. “Once the California decision happened and out-of-state couples could go to California, there was no reason not to move forthwith.”
Hmmm. I wondered about the timing myself, thinking that this might have, from a strategic standpoint, been an example of untimely over-reaching by the pro-gat forces. The Mass SC ruling that legalized homosexual marriage in the first place was the occasion for numerous states to place referenda on their ballots in ’04 that served as state-based “Defense of [Traditional] Marriage”–which, of course, only helped to get the turn out that President Bush needed. Now that a much greater number of key states are in play, it’s tempting to think that an even more radical move, with national implications, by the Mass legislature, would help McCain in the same way. Of course, that would require McCain himself leading the charge….
Alas, McCain isn’t helping either himself nor the cause of traditional marriage. On Sunday, he declared that he oppposed adoption by gay couples; following a blistering attack by pro-gay forces, McCain quickly caved and the campaign has issued this qualification:
“Sen. McCain’s expressed his personal preference for children to be raised by a mother and a father wherever possible,” the statement added. “However, as an adoptive father himself, McCain believes children deserve loving and caring home environments, and he recognizes that there are many abandoned children who have yet to find homes. John McCain believes that in those situations that caring parental figures are better for the child than the alternative.”
This, of course, is akin to the many Democrats who “personally oppose” abortion but refuse to take any steps whatsoever to oppose it.
McCain is letting us down.
The Coalition for Marriage and the Family includes a link to Tony Perkin’s Voter’s Guide, but needs to do more. We need a principled stand against this kind of waffling. As our state teeters on the brink of becoming what Mitt Romney called “The Las Vegas of gay marriage,” we need, absolutely, the absolute, unqualified endorsement of OUR efforts by the national candidate for President–in return for OUR endorsement of his candidacy. Is McCain with us or against us? Isn’t this exactly what we were warned about? Is there really any reason for residents of Massachusetts (or New Hampshire, or Connecticut) to provide McCain with any real support of any kind, if this is his attitude?
I’m open to ideas. I do ont want to abandon the campaign at this moment, but it’s extremely disheartening to recognize that our ongoing efforts on the state front are are simply dismissed by our candidates on the national level. Particularly when we aren’t talking about a particular state and what transpires within its borders–I think we all know exactly what overturning this law means–as Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink web site puts it in a headline, “Massachusetts Moves to Define Marriage for the Nation.”
McCain’s advocacy–however begrudging–of gay adoption is the death knell for efforts opposing this. Recall that Mitt Romney stated explicitly that gay marriage represented teh single greatest threat to the American way of lige–greater than Islamofascism, greatherthan terrorism, greater than peak oil, greater that a resurgent Russia and muscular China, greater than the deficit. McCain does not seem to think it’s important at all.
I hope to read a statement from my friends at The Coalition for Marriage and the Family, The Massachusetts Family Institute, Catholic Vote, and others on these pages. Not one expressing sadness at McCain’s caving in, but something more robust. We’ve been sidelined too often, and our endless gestures of “sadness” get us precisely nowhere. The pro-gay forces must be laughing at us as we are sold out by our nominal leader once again.