Thursday, January 06, 2005

Anti-Gay Overreaching

The Referendum which the Republican controlled legislature will place on the 2006 ballot will ban civil unions and domestic partner benefits as well as gay marriage. Perversely, this is good news.

Public support for the previos two issues is strong and can be used as wedge issues with those who would vote to oppose gay marriage were it the sole issue addressed. There is a very good chance of defeating this Referendum if we focus on the populations other than gays who are also affected by its provisions, and the equity and justice issues raised by a bar on civil unions and domestic partner benefits.

It was, I suppose, inevitable that we would have such an proposal here after gay marriage bans passed in 11 states. It is good news that the Right has become so over-confident that they handed us the bat with which to beat them back in 2006.


At 6:14 PM, Blogger Tiny Montgomery said...

Not sure I follow your logic. Will check back tomorrow after a good night's sleep (one can hope) and take another look at it. Without question, Democrats must come forward with a clear and consistent message on civil rights and frame the "gay" rights issue accordingly. People sense and gravitate toward power. Power is not possible nor credible without consistency.

At 6:41 AM, Blogger Mariano said...

I think you underestimate the politikos. It is precisely by mixing these other issues with the anti-gay agenda that the extreme right hopes to blindside people and get them to make the wrong choice.

It's happened before. Most voters won't know what the Referendum is about in its full form. "Divide and conquer": same old strategy. These guys may be conservative, but they're certainly not stupid.


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