Thursday, January 14, 2010

They are already rewriting history....

This has been a mixed year for same-sex marriage supporters. We've had losses in New York, Maine and New Jersey but victories in other parts of the country, such as DC,Vermont and Iowa. What's interesting is that despite this mixed year, politicians are already rewriting history because either (1) they are realizing they were on the wrong side or (2) they are realizing their constituents don't agree with them. Here are two examples. One is a Republican running for Senator of Massachusetts and the other is a Democrat who might run as a senate candidate in New York.

Scott Brown was one of the most vociferous opponents of same-sex marriage in the Massachusetts legislature when the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that the state had to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  He referred to a family led by two women as "not normal." Now as a senate candidate in a state that has had five years of same-sex marriage, he says he doesn't want to change the law and calls himself "pro civil-union." He has barely mentioned same-sex marriage in his campaign.  He wants us to forget about his anti-gay past without ever acknowledging he might have been on the wrong side of history.

Harold Ford is a former senator from Tennessee who is now considering a run for Senator of New York.  Ford has recently come out in support of same-sex marriage (which reflects the polls taken of New Yorkers), yet while he was in the senate not too long ago, he voted for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage federally.  This amendment might very well have also banned civil unions.  Today Ford says he was always was in favor of fairness, but that he doesn't regret his vote in the senate.  And the icing on the cake?  Ann Coulter called him her "favorite Democrat."

I'm all for people evolving.  But at least have the decency to acknowledge your mistakes.  And don't expect me to choose you over someone who was there for me when the going was tough.  We'll see more and more politicians conveniently forgetting history.  We can't let them.

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