House Republicans Working to End DC's Marriage Law
||Thursday, March 31, 2011
The Republicans just can't quit their legislative gay-bashing.
They're taking aim at DC's marriage law. Can't say we expected this to happen:
Jim Jordan, chairman of the 176-member Republican Study Committee, is leading an effort by conservatives to press House leaders for floor votes in opposition to gay marriage.
Jordan’s first project is a draft proposal that would set up a referendum to overturn a year-old District of Columbia law recognizing marriages of gay and lesbian couples. The move comes as conservatives express a desire to move beyond a focus on spending cuts and expand the House majority’s legislative agenda to include social issues.
Yep, there are few things these hard-core right-wingers like more than legislative gay-bashing. And, it's red meat for some of the GOP nuts who are running for President:
There is little doubt that the social policy measures Jordan and the RSC have in mind would face strong opposition in the Democrat-controlled Senate and in the White House. Still, the idea of promoting such an agenda is gaining traction among House conservatives and possible GOP presidential aspirants, including former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., founder of the House’s Tea Party Caucus.
I sure hope Fred Karger is going to be on the stage when the GOP presidential candidates debate these issues.
The trendline is pretty clear. More and more Americans support equality. And, that's especially true for younger voters. But, these GOPers are addicted to homophobia.
Over at Equality Matters, Carlos Maza notes that this focus on gay-bashing is causing headaches for the GOP House leaders -- and exposing the real intentions of the teabaggers:
It’s becoming painfully clear that for many Republican lawmakers, the 2010 promise to focus on economic issues was little more than a Trojan horse for an anti-LGBT agenda most Americans would never have endorsed.
These right-wingers will probably force a House vote on this issue. We'll be watching that very closely. Very closely.