A quick look back in time: last summer and fall, the “coalition” of groups that handle all the DFL’s messaging (it’s really more a syndicate than a coalition, but tomayto tomahto) ran a wildly successful campaign to scupper the Marriage Amendment. It was wildly successful at the polls, playing a key role in taking down the Voter ID Amendment and the GOP majorities in both chambers of the Legislature.
The campaign’s key points went something like this:
- “We don’t vote on people’s civil rights!” - In other words, the “Right” to marry is absolute, not subject to “popularity contests”. That’s the phrase not a few Amendment opponents used, in fact.
- “People who love each other should be able to marry!” – Note the phrasing. It wasn’t “people who love each other shouldn’t have to undo constitutional rigamarole to continue their legislative efforts”. No. ”Marry” was the word they used. Every single time.
- “They’re just like the rest of us!” – With the unmistakeable inference that they should have the same rights we have.
Since then? Nothing but weasel words from the DFL.
So – all of you pro-gay marriage people who came out in droves to defeat the Amendment? The DFL used you for your idealism, and is now sitting on their hands on the issue because…
Because they don’t want to use the political capital it’d take to legalize gay marriage.
Their complaint in 2006-2009 was that the governor would just veto it (which was a stupid excuse, if you truly believe in principle; pass it anyway, and get the other side’s votes on record, if you believe you’re right! The GOP did!).
But now the DFL has both chambers and the governor.
And yet they’re sandbagging.
So when are you gay marriage supporters going to realize that you were used?
That it was all talk?
That the DFL will never follow through on their implied promise?
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