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Breaking: Gay Marriage Opponent Topless Photos Leaked

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:16 pm - May 5, 2009.
Filed under: Gay Marriage,Liberal Hypocrisy

Iowahawk has the exclusive.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

No Magnanimity from Victorious Democrats

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:36 pm - May 5, 2009.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left

Writing about the bullying practices of Obama Democrats, Amity Shlaes observes:

In the past, politicians and policy thinkers tended to be magnanimous in victory. They and their friends focused, post- victory, on policy and strategy — not on trashing individuals.

It ought to be especially true this time, given what wonders are befalling the Democrats. Between Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania and Al Franken in Minnesota, it looks like the Democrats are in the process of making their Senate majority filibuster-proof. Then there’s the president’s new opportunity to mold the Supreme Court, with the resignation of David Souter.

Still, somehow, the magnanimity isn’t there. Indeed, the closer the Democrats get to total power, the nastier the commentators friendly to them have become.

She isn’t the first to wonder why the Democrats have been more bitter than magnanimous in the wake of their victories last fall.  We’ve addressed this before.  Byron York asked, “In time of victory, why is the left so angry?

Shlaes suggests Democrats are acting out of weakness:  “The party isn’t comfortable yet at the summit of political power.”  She concludes by echoing a point familiar to readers of this blog:

Voters tend to tire the ad hominem approach. By smearing others, rather than putting forward ideas, the scribblers smear themselves instead.

As Glenn, who linked this post, might say, read the whole thing!

Gay Marriage: The New Abortion in Confirmation Hearings?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:44 pm - May 5, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Gay Marriage,Supreme Court

Over at his blog Legal Insurrection, Cornell Law Professor William A. Jacobson speculates that gay marriage will come up when President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Souter faces his (or her) Senate confirmation hearings.  In Supreme Court confirmation hearings it has become the new abortion.  “Unlike abortion, gay marriage has not gained wide political acceptance on a national political level (unlike “civil unions” which are gaining acceptance).

It is an interesting post with much food for thought and good run-down of two potential nominees’ (Kathleen Sullivan and Elena Kagan) views on whether or not there is a constitutional “right” to marriage.  Jacobson contends that “Any nominee who has come out for gay marriage constitutional rights in the past, or dares to say so during the confirmation process, likely is not confirmable.”

Interesting thought that.

Not sure I agree with him there, may need to think about it for a while, but do agree with him when he writes, “There is no indication that Obama wants a fight over gay marriage, or wants his first Supreme Court nomination to turn on that issue. But he may not be able to avoid the issue, as much as he may like to do so.”  I’ll go one step further; I’m willing to bet that the President doesn’t want a fight over the issue, rather the Judiciary Committee avoid the issue altogether in the confirmation hearings.

But, Obama’s wishes notwithstanding, gay marriage will definitely come up.  Read the whole thing!

The All But Unnoticed Prejudices of the Angry Gay Left

When the folks at Pajamas e-mailed me last month and asked me to write a piece on the Perez Hilton/Carrie Prejean controversy, I had little idea what the hullabaloo, so I wrote back, offering to write a piece on Perez Hilton as an example of Hollywood self-promotion.  At the time, all I knew was that the gossip blogger had gotten a lot of media attention for something he had done related to the Miss USA pageant.

Had it not been for this invitation, I might not have even touched the story as I had other issues on my long list of potential blog topics.  But, then again, the way this story keeps growing, I may at one point have looked into the matter on my own.

When I started researching the story for Pajamas piece, I found it offered me an opportunity to present to a larger audience a notion I have addressed frequently on this blog, how all too many advocates of gay marriage prefer to attack supporters of traditional marriage rather than respect their concerns and address their arguments.

And it’s not just supporters of traditional marriage some of these advocates malign.  We gay conservatives have often been the target of their wrath.

So, maybe that’s why when I delved into this story, I kind of related to Carrie Prejean, even if I find her choice of primary past-time somewhat odd.  She is fascinated with cultivating her appearance.  And while I do take care to stay in shape, I spend more time cultivating my mind.  All the same, I have experienced the same sort of attacks she has–albeit on a much, much, much smaller scale–and from some of the same kinds of people.  We have been vilified for expressing our views.

All too many on the left, alas, particularly the gay left, resort to vilification as a means of addressing their ideological adversaries.  And this phenomenon, particularly widespread, all but goes unnoticed outside conservative circles. (more…)

Did Joe the Plumber Just Jump the Shark?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:30 am - May 5, 2009.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Marriage,Pop Culture

Back during the fall campaign, I was impressed with Joe the Plumber for better criticizing then-candidate Barack Obama’s tax plan than did the Republican Presidential nominee.  He explained in simple terms how higher taxes on the “wealthy” discouraged others from working hard as they aspired one day to be so rich.

But, just because you can understand the perils of high taxation doesn’t equip you to discuss all issues.  In a strange response to a question by a reporter from Christianity Today on same-sex marriage, the erstwhile campaign celebrity rambled from favoring a state-by-state approach to same-sex marriage to calling gay marriage wrong, or was he calling homosexuality wrong or was he calling expression of one’s sexuality wrong?

[QUESTION]:  In the last month, same-sex marriage has become legal in Iowa and Vermont. What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?

[JOE] At a state level, it’s up to them. I don’t want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it’s wrong. People don’t understand the dictionary’s called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It’s not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we’re supposed to do–what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we’re supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I’ve had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they’re people, and they’re going to do their thing.

I mean, it’s just not clear what he believes to be wrong, just that it’s something involving homosexuality.  And that he doesn’t want those homosexuals near his kids (without explaining what harm they could do).  Let me know if you can decipher it.  Maybe he was just trying to say something original and regain the favor he once had on the right.

I don’t think it’ll work.

Seems like someone is trying to prolong his fifteen minutes.

UPDATE (JohnAGJ):  Yes, he did.