An e-mail from Geoff Kors, Executive Director of Equality California, sounds a lot like some of our critics in the wake of Scott Brown’s resounding victory yesterday in the Bay State. Whining to his list, Kors revealed (yet again) his considerable anti-Republican prejudice:
Yesterday, in the bluest of blue states, Massachusetts voters elected a right-wing, anti-equality candidate to the U.S. Senate seat held by Edward Kennedy since 1962. And the group behind Prop. 8, the National Organization for Marriage, played a major role. The volatile electorate, coupled with fierce opposition determined to deny us equality, makes 2010 a critical year to preserve and expand our right to legal equality.
With the leading gay group in the Golden State helmed by a man who spews this kind of rhetoric, you have an idea why Prop 8 passed. He really does seem to hate conservative Republicans.
Please, Geoff, please, tell me where the constitution guarantees us a “right to legal equality” (whatever that means). I’m more concerned about our rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness, you know, the inalienable ones. As were the voters in Massachusetts.
If you want to overturn Prop 8, you’re going to have to stop demonizing guys like Scott Brown who called the Bay State’s law recognizing sex marriage as “settled” even as said recognition was mandated by a court, not enacted by an elected legislature. And you’re going to need to figure out how to reach out to folks who responded to his message of smaller and more transparent government. (And may well have shared his concern that the people of Massachusetts didn’t have a chance to weigh in on said law)
In a few days, I’ll be outlining my strategy to overturn Prop 8, complete with a draft initiative for the Golden State ballot. But, given my political affiliation and his prejudices, I don’t think Mr. Kors will listen.
FROM THE COMMENTS: John (AKA AverageGayJoe) nails it:
Who cares what NOM thinks of Brown? SSM wasn’t a part of Brown’s campaign and he will have minimal impact on the issue as US Senator. This is the same BS that special interest groups on both sides try to tar political opponents. If Geoff wants to know why Brown was elected, NOM had squat to do with it but an adage from over a decade ago most certainly did: “It’s the economy, stupid”.