Monday, November 01, 2004


The gay marriage phone calls

The outcry about phone calls telling voters that John Kerry supports gay marriage may be overblown - based on John Kerry's own published statements.

Here's the text of the phone calls (obtained from the AP, and published on numerous websites)
When you vote this Tuesday remember to legalize gay marriage by supporting John Kerry. We need John Kerry in order to make gay marriage legal for our city. Gay marriage is a right we all want. It's a basic Democrat principle. It's time to move forward and be progressive. Without John Kerry, George Bush will stop gay marriage. That's why we need Kerry. So Tuesday, stand up for gay marriage by supporting John Kerry.

Conservative and libertarian bloggers have been condemning this phone message
Jim Lindgren has the following to say about it.
This sort of thing is reprehensible. While Kerry might want to make gay marriage legal if he thought he could (I would favor such a move myself), Kerry is crystal clear that he opposes it.
Many others have similar comments, but I'm not about to collect them here.

However, here is what John Kerry told the gay magazine The Advocate back in 1996:
Echoing the ignorance and bigotry that peppered the discussion of interracial marriage a generation ago, the proponents of DOMA call for a caste system for marriage. I will not be party to that. As Martin Luther King Jr. explained 30 years ago, "Races do not fall in love and get married. Individuals fall in love and get married." This is the essence of the American pursuit of happiness and the core of the struggle for equality.

National Review's Kathryn Lopez broke this story last month. Her article has several money quotes, but here's the one I consider most appropriate at this time.
One does wonder how a candidate who thinks gay marriage is the "essence of the American pursuit of happiness and the core of the struggle for equality" can really be against it.

Kerry thinks DOMA is unconstitutional. Presumably he would appoint federal judges who feel the same way. The effect of a ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional, since Massachusetts has now legalized same-sex marriage, would be to force other states to recognize Massachusetts same-sex marriages, So tell me again what is so inaccurate about claiming that electing John Kerry will "make gay marriage legal for [y]our city"?

UPDATE: Kathryn Lopez's article was actually from August 11, 2004, not October as I stated in the post originally.

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