Conservative wall cracking on Marriage Equality?


With the Vice President’s daughter, Mary Cheney, speaking out in a new book and with First Lady Laura Bush doling out fair-minded campaign advice, I have to wonder: Is the conservative wall on marriage equality beginning to crack?

Mary Cheney speaks against the anti-LGBT federal marriage amendment in her new book. The Vice President has already stated he is against it, too. The First Lady has said she doesn’t think the amendment should be used as a campaign tool, adding that the issue should be approached with sensitivity.

This… from an Associated Press article:

The first lady told “Fox News Sunday” that she thinks the American people want a debate on the issue. But, she said, “I don’t think it should be used as a campaign tool, obviously.”

“It requires a lot of sensitivity to just talk about the issue —Â a lot of sensitivity,” she said.

The Senate will debate legislation that would have the Constitution define marriage as the union between a man and a woman early next month, Majority Leader Bill Frist said on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

President Bush supports the amendment, but Vice President Dick Cheney does not. Cheney’s daughter, Mary, is a lesbian and has been speaking out against the marriage amendment as she promotes her new book, “Now It’s My Turn.”

Mary Cheney wrote that she almost quit working on the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004 because of Bush’s position on gay marriage. Asked Sunday about reports that White House political adviser Karl Rove and other Republicans want to use the issue to mobilize conservatives for the midterm election, she said she hoped “no one would think about trying to amend the Constitution as a political strategy.”

“I certainly don’t know what conversations have gone on between Karl and anybody up on the Hill,” she said on Fox. “But you know, what I can say is look, amending the Constitution with this amendment, this piece of legislation, is a bad piece of legislation. It is writing discrimination into the Constitution, and, as I say, it is fundamentally wrong.”

But Frist said he would defend the amendment even to Dick Cheney.

“I basically say, Mr. Vice President, right now marriage is under attack in this country,” Frist said on CNN. “And we’ve seen activist judges overturning state by state law, where state legislatures have passed laws defining marriage between a man and a woman, and that’s being overturned by a handful of activist judges around the country. And that is why we need an amendment to come to the floor of the United States Senate to define marriage as that union between one man and one woman.”

So, I really do have to wonder: Is the conservative wall beginning to crack? The people closest to the President (that being his wife, his vice president and his vice president’s daughter) are starting to speak out and disagree with some of the stances Mr. Bush is taking. Although some of them may not disagree 100% with the President, they are in some way speaking out against some of his actions. As the President’s approval ratings with the public drop below 30%, are his ratings with his closest family and aides starting to drop as well?

I don’t think so. I just think that people are starting to wise up and think a little more deeply on issues of discrimination. Mary Cheney, despite her critics and short-comings, is at least speaking out… as she should… as an openly lesbian American. The Vice President is doing some more thinking for himself, too. He’d better… or else he’d be supporting discrimination against his own daughter. I don’t know what is up with the First Lady, though. Maybe she is just a bit more compassionate than her “Compassionate Conservative” husband and Mr. Rove.

I know exactly what we should do with this situation…. Let’s get all the people working within the Administration and in Congress with LGBT sons or daughters to speak out against the President. I’m sure we could find a good number of them. If we can convince the people closest to the President and the people in the Congress with more sentimental arguments (those involving people they know and love), then maybe people will start to look at this issue more compassionately.


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2 Responses to “Conservative wall cracking on Marriage Equality?”
  1. Ryan says:

    I hadn’t heard about Laura’s comments, but they don’t really sound like anything spectactular to me… It shouldn’t be used as a campaign issue, that’s not a substantive stance, it’s a procedural one. It’s like saying we shouldn’t use racism as a campaign issue.

    But poor Dick Cheney’s in a tight spot – how do you choose between Karl Rove and your daughter? (just kidding, that was a rhetorical question). He’s obviously not going to run for President, so he doesn’t exactly have a lot to lose here. No matter what he does, it’s going to be controversial, and will only add to the amount of money he makes when he writes a book or goes on a speaking tour in ’09. Bush is a lame duck, Republicans are all trying to distance themselves from him to salvage their own careers, so why not Dick also? Why not Laura? She’s unlikely to pull a Hillary and run for office.

    If anything, however, I don’t think the wall is cracking. With tight margins everyone’s going to go a little soft on the issue and appear more moderate than they truly are until November, but I think if we keep the majority it’ll pick right back up.

    What would be funny, though, would be a tie in the Senate on the marriage amendment… the old man would probably have a heart attack trying to make his decision.

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