Gay Marriage Hypocrisy On The Left

The hypocrisy on the left about gay marriage is as deep as the Marianas Trench as evidenced by Bill Clinton’s comments about Republican strategist Arthur Finkelstein:

“NEW YORK Former President Bill Clinton unleashed an attack against a gay Republican strategist who plans to work against the re-election of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, suggesting that, to work on behalf of the Republican Party, the man may be “blinded by self-loathing.”

The former president was reacting to reports that the strategist Arthur Finkelstein was setting up a political action committee to defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton, a New York Democrat, in 2006. Republican officials close to Finkelstein have said that he hopes to be able to finance an advertising campaign similar to the one orchestrated last year against the presidential candidate John Kerry by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

“I was sort of sad when I read it,” Clinton said at a news conference at his office in Harlem, where he announced that his foundation was donating $10 million to treat children with AIDS.

The former president noted that an article published over the weekend reported that Finkelstein had married his male partner in a civil ceremony at his home in Massachusetts. Clinton then alluded to the Republican Party’s use of the same-sex marriage issue to mobilize conservative voters.

“Either this guy believes his party is not serious, and he’s totally Machiavellian,” Clinton said, or “he may be blinded by self-loathing.”

This, my friends, is a very instructive incident that will teach you a lot about the hypocrisy and outright deception that has become standard practice on the left today.

That’s not to say that it’s unfair to categorize Republicans as being against same sex marriage. The overwhelming majority of Republicans (myself included) and George Bush are opposed to gay marriage.

However, what’s so fascinating is that the majority of Democrats claim to be against gay marriage as well. John Kerry publicly said he didn’t favor legalization of gay marriage. John Edwards also said he didn’t support it. Even Bill’s wife Hillary openly says she opposes gay marriage.

But Bill Clinton himself is a particularly fascinating case study. Here he is now — after the election — accusing Finkelstein of “self-loathing” because he’s a Republican who participated in a gay marriage.

Yet, when Bill Clinton was Governor of Arkansas, did he ever suggest legalizing gay marriage? No. When Bill Clinton was President, did he ever suggest legalizing gay marriage? No. To the contrary, during his Presidency Clinton announced that he opposed gay marriage and he also endorsed, supported, and then later signed the “Defense of Marriage Act” in 1996, which among other things, defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Have Bill’s views changed over time? Apparently not according to this story from Newsweek that came out right after the election:

“Clinton Advice Spurned. Looking for a way to pick up swing voters in the Red States, former President Bill Clinton, in a phone call with Kerry, urged the Senator to back local bans on gay marriage. Kerry respectfully listened, then told his aides, “I’m not going to ever do that.”

See? Same old story with the Democrats. They’ll lie through their teeth to the American people about an issue like gay marriage and then soon as the election is over, they’ll shift their position 180 degrees without batting an eyelash. It’s just business as usual on the left and they do this with issue after issue after issue…

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