So I just gotta ask: Doesn't anybody else think it a bit 'coincidental' that the New Jersey Supreme Court would hand down a decision "opening the way for gay marriage," according to the constant din of the cabloids and the wires, just inside two weeks from an election in which until now it seemed there was every indication that the bat-shit-crazy, flying-monkey evangelical fundies on the Right would have little incentive to partcipate?
I applaud the Court for its decision. Indeed, it seems that any other would have been inconsistent with principles enshrined in the 14th Amendment; equality for couples of any sexual preferrence before the law is a 14th Amendment slam dunk.
Just the same, eight states — Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin — will be voting Nov. 7 on constitutional amendments that would ban same-sex marriages and, in most cases, civil unions as well. There are crucial Senatorial contests on the ballot in four of them. And the New Jersey decision handed down today is chum in the water for the demented partisans of sexual intolerance. There is no doubt that they are prepared top play that card for their advantage, according to prominent flying spokesmonkeys. A story carried on the wire earlier today proclaimed: "Right hopes for boost from NJ ruling.
David Crary of the AP reported that the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that ordered equal rights for same-sex couples
was instantly hailed by gay-rights leaders, but it also energized their conservative adversaries, who predicted a backlash in their favor in the Nov. 7 election.
"This is a wake-up call for people who believe that marriage doesn't need constitutional protection," said Glen Lavy, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, which has opposed same-sex marriage in numerous court cases nationwide.
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, called the ruling "a plus" on the premise it would stir up resentment of "arrogant judges" and boost conservative election prospects.
Didn't this happen in 2004, too? Didn't Massachussets high court also issued an opinion which required the State to grant to same-gendered couples the same privileges it granted to hetero couples JUST BEFORE the election?
I guess this may be the last wave, at least, since all but a very few States have already passed such measures, and they haven't been struck down on appeal.
I'm awaiting more falling shoes, on any of the remaining fronts. Maybe the "October Surprise" will be an 'attack' along the border by Mexican terrorists demanding immigrants be given guns to defend themselves against the Minutemen?