Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Republicans to Gays: You Can Carry...But You Can't Marry

The Republican Party's convention in Fort Wayne this past weekend got me to thinking about some things.
Leading up to the big day, there were a couple of big issues.  First, would the party vote to leave in the language defining marriage as between one man and one woman in their party platform?  Second, would conventioneers get to openly carry their guns at the convention?

The answer was yes to both questions.  Republicans voted to write discrimination into their party platform, and they also got to carry their beloved guns to the convention.  This, however, mixes these two issues in a bit of a strange way.

Indiana is controlled by the Republican Party with supermajorities in the Indiana House and the Indiana Senate for the GOP.  They also hold the Governor's Mansion with Mike Pence there when he's not on some trade mission or campaign stop.

Since Republicans have such a stranglehold on the power and are so pro-gun but so anti-gay, one could draw a line between the two issues as they are both civil rights and constitutional rights questions.  Why is it fair to fight for an inanimate object when you won't fight for people to have the right to marry who they want to marry.

It's only a matter of time before this fight is over once and for all.  Indiana will throw out its antiquated anti-equality laws, and same sex couples will be able to marry.  Democrats have taken a stand on the right side of history just like many Republicans did during the Civil Rights movement of the 60's.  

For now, though, Indiana remains a place where if you are gay, you can carry your gun, but you can't marry your mate.  Something seems backwards about that.  Then again, I'm only thinking logically.

1 comment:

Eric said...

The Second Amendment does not confer "gun rights" on average Joes. Rather, it applies to the "militia". The Republican majority on the Supreme Court held in 2008 that the Second Amendment protected gun ownership by individual citizens, the first time the Court had ruled that way. It contradicted 230 years of precedent. Any political party that demands, and is allowed, to carry firearms at its state convention should be seen for what it is: extreme, extreme right, and just plain loopy. Are they afraid of each other? They should be flattered to get three votes in the next election. Promoting constitutional rights that don't exist and opposing civil rights to move humanity forward: the Republican brand. Going back to the 1960s, few Republicans "stood up" for civil rights. That was left to Lyndon Johnson, who persuaded some Republicans to come along for the ride. The GOP then used Lyndon's bold leadership on civil rights to create the "southern strategy", employed to ruin the Democratic Party across Old Dixie.