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Kerry is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong


Kristen, .08, BlueMass all have more. I have a little more to add.

Kerry is wrong on the policy, wrong on the politics and wrong morally.

As a policy, I have not heard a policy argument against gay marriage. Other religiously banned marriages are legal (Catholics can legally divorce and remarry, inter-faith marriages are legal, and I bet even Priests can legally marry). Some church-sanctioned marriages are illegal (polygamy) -- so the idea that we need to match civil marriages to religiously sanctioned marriages has no basis. People are uncomfortable with it? Get over it. I've not heard one sound policy reason to not allow gays to marry. Even Kerry does not give a reason -- just that it doesn't "reflect the broad view" of others -- that's not a reason. The default view should be freedom to marry -- the burden to provide a reason to stop a marriage falls on the government.

As for good politics -- .08 shreds that belief.
According to polls, a vast majority (71% in a March Globe poll) of Democrats support equal marriage rights. In other recent polls, a small majority or plurality of Massachusetts residents also supported these rights. I can only imagine that support for gay marriage will increase as time goes on and more marriages are performed.
An anti-gay-marriage candidate Kerry would not have gotten one more vote from the so-called "values voters" (they still care about abortion, even if you "tie" Bush on gay-marriage).

And I cannot emphasize this enough: The anti-gay-marriage position is immoral. It does real harm in many different ways. It's the worst kind of government encroachment on personal freedom. The fact that national Democrats can't see this will not be kindly regarded by history. In the future, people won't be able to tell the difference between anti-gay-marriage proponents and George Wallace.