Abortion legislation and marriage legislation make the GOP more senselessly big government than the Democrats, because the big government they’ve chosen to implement is a moral one, which is the worst kind of big government. It’s an ideological big government - one that is impossible to enforce, that makes some people less equal than others, that takes away freedoms of certain kinds of people, and that perpetuates a culture of moral uniformity over one of universal ethics and diversity.
The news, on the front page of the Times this morning, that dozens of leading Republicans had signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the case of Proposition 8, the California gay-marriage ban, merited the A1 treatment that it received. Despite their party and their own past positions, Jon Huntsman, Meg Whitman, Ken Duberstein, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and others said that they supported a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage. This comes two days before the Obama Administration must decide whether it is ready to file a similar brief. In the most high-profile Supreme Court case of the year, with the future of how we view civil rights and treat our fellow-citizens at stake, someone had quietly engineered enough prominent conservatives from the opposition party to sign onto a legal brief supporting full equality for gay and lesbian Americans. That someone was Ken Mehlman, the openly gay former political director of the George W. Bush White House, the campaign manager for Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign, and the former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
Romney confronted by a gay veteran.
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