Gay marriage becomes a conservative cause
Somethin’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.
There certainly have been hints that the traditional lines were moving.
Vice President Cheney: “People ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish.”
Colin Powell: “They are as stable a family as my family is.”
And after Lady Gaga yelled at him: “Obama, are you listening?”
Even Barack Obama endorsed gay marriage.
And this week, with the US Supreme Court about to hear arguments on California Proposition 8, which overturned gay marriage – a group of more than 130 prominent Republicans signed a brief urging the court to allow California and any other state the right to grant gay couples a federally-recognized marriage.
Among the signers – former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, and Meg Whitman, who endorsed prop 8 when she ran for California governor, but now quotes Britain’s conservative prime minister David Cameron who said: ‘Don’t support gay marriage despite being a conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a conservative.'”
Then came a group of 278 corporate CEOs, saying prohibiting gay marriage needlessly complicates employee benefit plans, hurts morale, and hurts business.
And then late yesterday, another signature appeared: Clint Eastwood.
And if Clint Eastwood is signing on to gay marriage, the justices have the ask themselves. Do I feel lucky?