The First Volleys in
the Cultural War

Thirty million people (glbt) can swing the next election. Is there any doubt left as to whether or not we should act in concert to oust GW Bush, now that he has joined the anti-gay movement so openly?
Dubya speaks...GW
"I believe marriage is between a man and a woman," Bush said Wednesday. "And I think we ought to codify that one way or another. And we've got lawyers looking at the best way to do that."
Bill Frist
The Pope

Bill Frist
Bill Frist
What's really going on here is that the right-wing, fundamentalist conservatives are coming out of the hate closet, now that they think it's safe, now that they think ultra right-wing conservatism is on the move toward becoming the majority. It used to be "the silent  majority" remember? Now it's the "majority" that won't shut up. You hear Sean Hannity whining about it, Rush Limbaugh bombasting about it, Bill O'reilly being all  Catholic about it, and that really weird Pope pushing his papal ass into American politics—all over the notion that gays and lesbians might one day be able to marry. These people have been waiting years to come out of the closet and take us back a couple of centuries. They're gearing up to introduce a Constitutional amendment to codify their hatred of us.

So what are we going to to about it? Are we going to bicker our way through this—and LOSE? Are we going to allow ourselves to be locked out of our citizenship in so permanent a way as to have it codified into the Constitution?

The glbt population can hand the 2004 presidential election to someone other than George Bush—just as we damn-near handed the popular vote to him in 2000 by withdrawing our support of Al Gore in favor of that spoiler, Ralph Nader. I've not forgotten that. It was the Ross Perot syndrome all over again, this time spoiling the election for an encumbant Democrat. But even with the spoiler garnering votes from Gore, George Bush was almost defeated, had it not been for an unexpectedly flawed voting system in Florida.

Will the glbt population be even as coherent as it was in 2000? Yes, there is a spate of Democratic candidates, but come November of 2004 there will be only one Democratic candidate and one Republican candidate, and for my money, I'll hold my nose if I have to and pull an all Democratic lever.

This time.


I'm not even a Democrat. Never have been. Nor am I a Republican. Never would be. I'm one of those fence-sitting, cantankerous, poll-spoiling Independents and I intend to make this a one-issue election for myself. If a candidate for senate, house, governor, president looks likely to vote to codify marriage as between only a man and woman into the Constitution, I'm going to vote against him or her. I will not care if in every other way, he or she is the better candidate on other issues. I believe we're that close to losing big-time, after all these years of incremental wins. And once our rights are abridged in the Constitution itself, we'll not have another chance in our lifetimes to make any more gains in the courts or at the ballot box.

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