|Same-Sex Marriage 'Whether You Like It or Not'
Posted 10/24/2008 ET
In a presidential election in which both candidates have promised to reach across party lines and bridge the divide that separates Democrats and Republicans, it increasingly appears that, if elected, one candidate may not have to.
Political insiders now see a plausible path to a historic Democratic majority in Congress -- a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate and a reinforced Democratic majority (perhaps a thirty seat swing) in the House. And if Barack Obama and Joe Biden stand victorious on November 5th, Americans have been warned to expect much -- from universal health care and the Fairness Doctrine to the Freedom of Choice Act -- from the incontinent legislating that will result.
But a less discussed implication of an extreme government make-over is its effect on marriage. While the Democrats are outspoken about their desire to socialize medicine, knock down free speech rights and reverse hundreds of popular state and federal restrictions on abortion, they are less candid about their marriage plans. But make no mistake, a Democratic rout on Election Day will mean same-sex marriage from Maine to Maui.
That’s not what you’ll hear from Obama or Biden. When asked to define marriage during his interview with Rick Warren, Obama said, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it's also a sacred union. God's in the mix.”
During his debate with Governor Sarah Palin, Joe Biden told moderator Gwen Ifill: “Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage. We do not support that.”
When Ifill tried to follow-up on the issue, Governor Palin responded, “Your question to him was whether he supported gay marriage and my answer is the same as his and it is that I do not.” Ifill then declared, “Wonderful. You agree. On that note, let’s move to foreign policy.”
So, do Barack Obama and Joe Biden really support the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman? Not really.
Joe Biden was on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this week, and Ellen brought up Proposition 8, the California marriage protection amendment. If passed, Proposition 8 would reverse the California Supreme Court’s recent ruling attempting to impose same-sex marriage on that state. When Ellen asked Biden’s position on the marriage protection amendment, Biden said, “If I lived in California, I would totally vote against Prop 8. And, by the way, Barack and I both opposed a similar attempt nationally…”
To be clear, Obama and Biden opposed the federal marriage amendment, and they also oppose efforts by the people to protect traditional marriage in their own states. Biden says he would “totally vote against” the California initiative, but Obama has gone even further by declaring his opposition to the question being allowed on the ballot at all. No matter that in 2000, 61 percent of voters -- 4.6 million Californians -- voted for Prop 22, that state’s defense of marriage act.
But wait…there’s more.
During the primary campaign, Barack Obama went even further to the left in order to distinguish himself from Hillary Clinton. On February 28th, the Obama campaign released an “open letter” to the homosexual community, in which that candidate fully embraced the militant homosexual rights agenda:
“…as president, I will place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As your president, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws. …Unlike Senator Clinton, I support the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).”
Obama says he would use the “bully pulpit” of the presidency to promote homosexual adoption, and he wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act – which he has called “an abhorrent law” -- the only thing currently preventing a liberal federal judge from ordering every state in the union to recognize the homosexual marriages being performed in Massachusetts.
So why do Barack Obama and Joe Biden insist that they oppose same-sex marriage? Because they know that mos t voters oppose same-sex marriage, seventy percent according to a recent Marist poll. They also know that polls have shown that traditional marriage is particularly important to voters in swing states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
So, Obama and Biden need to be coy about their position on same-sex marriage. They support same-sex marriage but cannot say so. Their friends in the media know this too, which is part of the reason why it was mentioned only once in all four debates. And it’s also the reason why the Obama campaign didn’t react to the Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to legalize same-sex marriage in that state. The ruling was barely reported in the mainstream media.
The Obama campaign remembers 2004, when the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same sex marriage helped fuel a campaign to place marriage protection amendments on the ballots of eleven states (all of which passed, most overwhelmingly). Empirical analyses have shown that state marriage amendments may have been the difference maker in George W. Bush’s slim victory, a conclusion also reached by many same-sex marriage supporters, from Dianne Feinstein to the president of the Log Cabin Republicans.
Obama, Biden and their friends in Congress will work to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. Then, they’ll allow their allies in the courts to do their dirty work for them and impose same-sex marriage nationwide.
San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom recently announced to Californians that same sex marriage is “going to happen whether you like it or not.” If the Obama-Biden team wins the White House and holds a strong Democratic majority in congress, the same will apply to America as a whole.
|Former presidential candidate Mr. Gary Bauer is president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families.|