While all the fuss about same-sex marriages is nothing but gay bashing, as a party we believe in the wisdom & legality of conventional wedlock.
"For Republicans, gay marriage is the non-wedding gift that keeps on giving. And giving. And giving.
"Nine months ago, Georgia voters approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage (which according to mere statute already was illegal in the state) by an astounding 76 percent.
"Let's dispense with any discussion about morality, and go straight to the crass interpretation that politicians have carried away from that number.
"Seven-six percent means that you can waffle on gay marriage, and even support it. Or you can run for statewide office. But you can't do both.
"To the layman, 76 percent might represent a settled issue — something to walk away from. Democrats, ever a suspicious lot, don't think so. They doubt Republicans will return a stick that handy to the closet. So to speak."
Next the Political Insider notes that "[g]ay marriage" is "the big daddy of all cultural issues," and that not only will the Philistines revive gay marriage as a campaign issue, but:
"What form next year's culture war will take, Democrats aren't sure. Possibly the issue of gay adoption."
What the Political Insider did not remind us of is something the Political Insider was the first to bring to our attention.
By challenging the results of the 2004 76% constitutional amendment referendum, the gay community itself has substantially contributed to the gay marriage issue being around come Nov. 2006.
The Political Insider did this when it noted last fall "that the state Supreme Court could toss the amendment aside [, and this] prospect brought a faint smile to the governor's lips. A reworked anti-gay marriage amendment couldn't come back until November '06, when Sonny Perdue would be running for re-election."