Wanting A Vote On The Federal Marriage Amendment Is The Equivalent Of “Picking On Gays?”

This comment from Ramesh Ponnuru at The Corner, bugged me…

“1) Republicans are preparing to bring the Federal Marriage Amendment to a vote. So I guess the plan from now on is to do this in all even-numbered years, and then throw the idea aside in odd-numbered ones? I know a lot of people support the FMA for principled reasons, but a decisive number of Republicans are clearly just picking on gays for political profit.

They’re not “picking on gays,” they’re making something clear to the American public; the GOP overwhelmingly opposes gay marriage and the Democrats overwhelmingly support it. That’s a message well worth getting out there, especially since the Democrats, as per usual on issues where they’re on the wrong side of the American people, are trying to muddy the waters. The Democrats can CLAIM to be against gay marriage all they like, but if they don’t put their votes where their mouths are, it doesn’t mean much.

Calling this “picking on gays” is the sort of ridiculous nonsense you expect to hear from someone like Andrew Sullivan, not a conservative like Ponnuru. Moreover, it’s aggravating to see an attempt to defend the primary building block of healthy societies, a tradition that’s thousands of years old, labeled as “picking on gays.” That’s just as nonsensical as proclaiming that people who are for gay marriage want to “pick on heterosexuals.”

Bottom line: Ramesh Ponnuru should know better.

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