Whenever a Republican Governor indicates his opposition to gay marriage — or vetoes a bill establishing gay marriage in his state — gay groups raise a ruckus and level all kinds of insults against him. Even when those Republicans make clear their support for state recognition of same-sex unions (albeit called something other than marriage). Last week, in his first post for this blog, AverageGayJoe followed the progress of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Virginia, pointing out how a number of Old Dominion Democrats, inluding the commonwealth’s new Democratic Governor Tim Kaine supported it.
This morning, Eva Young e-mailed me to share Tim Hulsey’s excellent post noting how that Democrat is about to pulled a Clinton and make good on his pledge to sign that marriage amendment now that it has passed the Virginia General Assembly. The governor’s signature will allow the proposal to appear on the Old Dominion’s November ballot.
Tim reminds us that the gay Democratic organization Virginia Partisans touted Kaine’s win as a “terrific victory.” Looks like Kaine’s following in the footsteps of another Democrat whose election gay people supported, but who proved faithless once in office. Before the election, Bill Clinton made nice to the gay community, asking for our money and our votes, only to betray us within a few days of taking office. Shortly after his first inaugural thirteen years ago, that Democrat sought to repeal the ban on gays in the military, but when he was unprepared for the opposition to his plan (which he then could have accomplished with an Executive Order), he backtracked and signed on to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” thus codifying the ban and making it more difficult to repeal.
If anyone still believes that gay groups are truly nonpartisan, their reaction to Governor Kaine’s pledge should convince them otherwise. While this Democrat has indicated support for the measure at least since January 13, neither the Human Rights Campaign nor the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has seen fit to issue a press release faulting this Democrat for his pledge. Quite a contrast to their reaction to similar actions by Republicans, nearly all of whom, unlike Kaine, had not been backed by gay rights’ groups.
And it’s not just left-leaning gay groups who are silent. On the same day that the Washington Blade reported Kaine’s intentions, Log Cabin, issued a press release accusing the Florida GOP of being divisive (with good reason). This ostensibly Republican group couldn’t find time, however, to issue a statement faulting the Democratic Governor of the Old Dominion for backing a proposal similar to one for which they took their own party to task for supporting in the Sunshine State.
Given their silence on this Democrat’s actions, it’s clear that gay groups hold the GOP to a higher standard. They seem less willing to take on Democrats than they do Republicans. Especially given their early opposition to Judge Alito, it’s now more clear than ever that these groups act not so much as nonpartisan organizations concerned with issues important to the gay community, but as the gay and lesbian adjuncts of a broader leftist movement, closely allied to the Democratic Party.
It’s sad that the one gay Republican organization with a national presence has yet to call them on that. And that that supposedly Republican group is quicker to take on its own party than the opposing one.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com