Today’s Boston Globe has an interesting article addressing the rift between the Republican Party and American public regarding marriage equality. Matt Viser’s article, GOP hopefuls challenged by growing gay marriage tide, is really worth reading. Viser briefly touches upon how continued opposition to marriage equality could pose problems with attracting younger voters who overwhelmingly support marriage equality. Republican analysts have every right to worry, because with nearly 80 million Millennials now in the workforce and voting, Republicans can no longer afford to only appeal to Baby Boomers. The Republican Party needs to be able to woo Millennials if they want to be able to win national elections.
The primary process for both political parties tends to allow the party base to flex its muscle and shape issues that are important to them. With Democrats a populist message perhaps best articulated by my US Senator, Elizabeth Warren, will potentially move Democrats further left. Republicans seem stuck on a 2004 political playbook using xenophobic and homophobic language to appeal to their base and while this will win primaries – it has not served their party in Presidential elections. How will centrist political heavy weights like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie traverse their party’s self-made political land mines? I don’t know but I’m glad to see the reality of their reactionary stances coming to bite them in the ass. It is time for both major political parties to move beyond pandering to homophobic elements in their party.
The conservative “Iowa Freedom Summit” was hosted this past January. This group of crazies can be best described as the xenophobic, homophobic, reactionary, creationist wing of the Republican Party. After the summit on Sunday, Feb. 1st, Governor Huckabee’s spoke to the media. Among many of his comments that day homosexuality and marriage equality inevitably arose. Speaking to the media Huckabee inferred he had gay friends and they agreed to disagree on certain issues but remain friends. Following his assertions he then offered this helpful bit to clarify.
“I don’t chuck people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don’t drink alcohol, but, gosh, a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don’t use profanity, but, believe me, I have got a lot of friends who do.” – Gov. Mike Huckabee, February 1, 2015
This man equates one’s sexual orientation to that of a choice between would I like a glass of wine with my meal. What a dick. No actually, what a dumb ass dick.
This talk was given by Panti at TEDx in Dublin, Ireland last September. Panti shares her experience of the little, everyday things that can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of gay people and shares her thoughts on navigating a world in which the simple act of holding hands can be a political statement in itself.
If I didn’t know any better I would think that some of the Republican Party’s leaders have started to listen to Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren. Have you noticed that nearly every potential Republican Presidential primary candidate is all of a sudden incredibly concerned with income inequality and they blame it on President Obama and his Administration?
“While the last eight years have been pretty good ones for top earners, they’ve been a lost decade for the rest of America.” Jeb Bush PAC mission statement
“Under President Obama the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there are more people in poverty in American than ever before.” Gov. Mitt Romney, January 2015
“Income inequality has worsened under this Administration…policies that have allowed the poor to get poorer, and the rich to get richer.” Sen. Rand Paul, January 2015
During the last election cycle, Gov. Mitt Romney, tried to ‘humanize’ corporations to justify massive tax breaks and layoffs by imploring “corporations are people too.”, and the Republican Party found themselves defending Romney’s infamous 47% quote. So why is the Democrats focus on ‘income inequality’ no longer considered “class warfare” by Republicans? Who can say? I’m glad to see the Republican Party adopt a more populist message that seems more in line with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s rhetoric, but stonewalling legislation like raising the minimum wage tells me that their actions speak louder than their words.
Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) agreed to take on same-sex marriage issue and hopefully settle this once and for all. CNN reports that division in lower courts that manifested after Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan – all in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the national trend and upheld gay marriage bans is what likely forced the hand of SCOTUS.
You can read the full report on CNN here. CNN also has a rather interesting article speculating on the impact this decision could have on the Republican Primary in a post here.
Cartoonists from around the world have responded in the only way they can to the tragedy that unfolded in Paris yesterday. The cartoon above is from Washington Post cartoonist, Tom Toles. A collection of cartoons from around the world were posted in the U.K.’s Daily Mail today which you can peruse here.
Below is an image that went viral last night on Twitter showing tens of thousands of Parisians braving bad weather to pour out into the streets with signs expressing their defiance. It is like Tom Toles cartoon says, “but the pen will endure”.
Photo Source: @SaraAssaf
Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same sex marriage, the United States finally hit a tipping point in 2014. As the Freedom to Marry image above shows, a jaw-dropping 18 cases were won in court in some of the most unlikely states like Utah, Oklahoma and Arizona.
All of these decisions stem from the historic SCOTUS rulings from the summer of 2013, that I attribute to the support the Obama administration and Obama’s personal message of acceptance. Something to think about as we begin 2015.
It is my hope that the remaining 15 US states accept marriage equality in 2015 so LGBT couples may legally marry anywhere in the US. There are more pressing issues facing our community in other countries where men and women face far greater challenges and need our support. Our money and efforts to organize needs to take more of a global focus in 2015 so we help end discrimination, bullying and homophobic laws around the world.
Happy New Year