An (un)holy marriage

Seems as though John McCain isn’t as radical as his evangelical followers.

We know the Religious Right would like nothing more than to strip away any kind of legal recognition or protection for LGBT people and same-sex couples. That’s why we’re seeing anti-LGBT, anti-family marriage amendments that have the possibility of outlawing any and all recognition, however big or small, for gay folks’ families.

John McCain has a softer touch:

In my state, I hope we will make that decision, and other states, they have to recognize the unique status between man and woman. And that doesn’t mean that people can’t enter into legal agreements. That doesn’t mean that they don’t have the rights of all citizens. I’m not saying that. I am saying that we should preserve the unique status of marriage between one man and one woman.

But, wait… that’s not it:

And if a federal court — if a federal court decided that my state of Arizona had to observe what the state of Massachusetts decided, then I would favor a constitutional amendment. Until then, I believe the states should make the decisions within their own states.

On second thought, I don’t think McCain has entirely thought this out. I applaud him for his stance that gay folks should have some protection, but that doesn’t jibe with what his blind sheep followers want. And, it doesn’t jibe with reality.

And, McCain should be ashamed of himself… supporting the Arizona amendment after the illegal, un-American maneuvers made by conservative members of the Arizona State Senate.

McCain’s political pandering to the religious right has become an un-holy marriage. On one hand, he thinks he needs them to win, so he courts them. On another, their presence is pushing his moderate views into the extreme and hurting his inarguably successful and well-intentioned Senate and political career.

What he thinks is helping him, will inevitably hurt him.

h/t & image: queerty

3 Responses to “An (un)holy marriage”
  1. KipEsquire says:

    I think you’re spot-on with the “he hasn’t thought this out” remark.

    The sad part is that I really don’t think McCain is any more bigoted than the median middle-America septagenarian (with the possible exception of DADT; there he’s beyond redemption).

    He’s just saying what he thinks he’s supposed to say to win over the Theocratic Right, whom he actually loathes and who loathe him — just not as much as they loathe Democrats.

    It’s all a bunch of wink-wink gobbledygook, with us unfortunately in the cross-fire. His slip-up over gay adoption also demonstrates that.

  2. queerunity says:

    mcshame isnt as crazy, but he still sucks

  3. tristram says:

    “Seems as though John McCain isn’t as radical as his evangelical followers.”

    I haven’t heard him say anything that wouldn’t make Sally Kern or Rick Santorum jump with joy. Oh yeah, he opposed the FMA because ‘federalism’ is one of his bedrock principles. But now at Saddleback, he’s going to toss out federalism if it works for gays. And even when he opposed the FMA, he supported a draconian anti-everything amendment in his home state. And he’s on record as supporting the AZ, CA and FL amendments this year.

    Adoption by gays? First thing that pops out of his mouth, in effect – ‘No way.’ Only later do ‘his people’ (if Ellen can have ‘people,’ so can JM) ‘clarify’ their candidate’s ‘plain talk.’

    Contracts? Sure, sign a contract with your partner and then hire a good lawyer. When one of you is in the emergency room – call the lawyer for a court order to let the other walk through the door.

    Judges? All up and down the federal bench, and especially replacements for those two aging liberals whose names he quickly spat out at Saddleback (along with two younger liberals) – someone who ‘won’t legislate from the bench.’ Translate the ‘plain talk’ – someone who’ll give us a majority to overturn ‘Roe v. Wade’ and why not ‘Lawrence v. Texas’ while we’re at it.

    As a guy who voted Republican in every election in which I was eligible to vote (starting well before you were conceived, young Matt) – until 2004 when GWB&Co. finally opened my eyes – even if I believed all of National Review’s dire warnings about Obama’s economic and foreign policy shortcomings, I could not imagine voting for McCain given the likely consequences for gay Americans of a McCain victory.

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