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May 16, 2003

Gay Rights, Who Really Cares?

Should gay people have rights? Damn right, especially the right to vote. At least this seems to be the game plan of some Democratic candidates.

At a dinner in Atlanta last weekend, U.S. Senator John Edwards suggested that he believes that gay parents should have the right to adopt children. Does he really give a rat’s ass whether gays are able to adopt children, or is this just one demographic that has yet to be adequately tapped in terms of votes? My guess is that John Edwards does not stay awake at night hoping for the day when gay people can take children into their homes by the same adoption guidelines that straight people follow. Who can blame him? Isn’t this what candidates do? Apparently he isn’t alone in this attempt. Other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are following this line of reasoning.

There are several indications that this will be a consistent theme during the upcoming election. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean has boasted of a law he signed which allows civil unions for gays and lesbians. Furthermore, U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, who is a decorated Vietnam veteran, has stated that gays should be allowed to serve in the military.

I know the conservative response to this manner of courting votes. It will sound something like, “I am appalled that our country’s morals will be abandoned during this election in an effort to bolster supporters,” or “This is just another example of the Demoncrats (not a misspelling) sinking below what should be acceptable in our society in order to gain political leverage.” I shudder at having to hear this crap, from both sides, for the next year and a half. The funny thing is that this is the same thing Republicans do, but I’m sure none of them will admit to having anything in common with this tactic by the Democrats.

Is it not true that ALL candidates act in a manner that will be well received by the majority of their supporters? Don’t all of them do things to gain votes and please those who can put them into office? Why do you think Bush is accused so often of bending policies to benefit big business………probably because “Big Business” is traditionally in the camp of the Republicans.

Having said this, I don’t think that the Democrats are on a higher plane, spending their days and nights hoping for the well-being of all mankind. Instead, it is just a fact that gays traditionally lean toward the Democrat party, and the party will ride that cart until the wheels fall off. Does Howard Dean really want gays and lesbians to have civil unions? Doubtful. I bet he could care less (notice he did not sign a bill that would recognize legal gay marriages). And I will not believe that Edwards passionately believes that gay parents should be able to adopt children until I see him in drag and coming out of the closet himself. Still, I hate that I will be hearing one side blast the other at their “reprehensible campaign strategies.”

I find it hard to believe that people in public office can ever hold their heads up after running a campaign. It is a dirty business and each side is quick to throw the first stone at the other. I wish both sides would connect with just one of those rocks. I guess we should just be thankful that animals don’t have the right to vote…….yet. Now that could get ugly.

Posted by Woundwort at May 16, 2003 08:11 PM | TrackBack
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would like to vote for edwards but if he is for gay marriages i will go with terry i like the things edwards has to say but i dont know how he stands on gay wrights.

Posted by: darrell cramer at January 22, 2004 07:23 PM
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