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Statement On Gay Marriage
It's time to push back on leftist judicial activism..
[David Horowitz] 2/27/04
I am a believer that the gay Americans should have the rights
of all Americans, including the right to have legally recognized
unions. I am personally not opposed to calling these unions "marriage." I
have publicly opposed the federal marriage amendment to the Constitution.
But I am appalled by the assault on the American legal and political
system by the left, the attempt to change a 5,000 year old social
institution through a one-appointed-judge majority, the defiance
of law and of majority opinion by one elected official in the
city of San Francisco, and the anarchy to which this will lead.
To stop this destructive
juggernaut, I will now support the Federal Marriage Amendment.
I applaud the stands taken by
President Bush and Governor Schwarzenegger against these destructive
and in defense of the American political system, which allows
deeply divided communities to live side by side in peace.
certainly not alone in these views. The gay rights movement has
shot itself in the foot with its arrogant political tactics
and contempt for those who disagree. This arrogance which pervades
the liberal side of the political spectrum these days with a
manic intensity may even cost the Democrats the upcoming
elections. Sixty percent of California voters supported the law
that one Democratic mayor in San Francisco has sought to overturn.
A recent Zogby poll shows majorities not only in the red states
but also in the blue states against gay marriage. By choosing
to throw down this particular gauntlet at this particular time,
gay leaders will produce a backlash that may swamp Democratic
If the gay political
leadership had supported civil unions, which would confer the
missing legal rights on
gay couples, and if
they had pursued this through the legislatures (as in Vermont)
they would have undoubtedly persuaded majorities in many states
to support their admirable quest for equal protection under the
law. But by displaying their arrogant contempt for the deeply
held beliefs of the American majority, and for the political
and legal system that holds our disparate communities together,
they have provoked the majority into defending itself in
ways that will defeat their own agenda and set back their
cause for years to come.
opinion piece first appeared at FrontPageMagazine.com