Rachel Maddow last night explored the “awkward” stance almost every Republican politician has taken on LGBT civil rights, which, she says, has “bewildered” the rest of America. Starting with Texas governor Rick Perry winning the war on the war on Christmas by signing a bill making it “not illegal” to say “Merry Christmas” in schools (a bill, by the way, that is likely unconstitutional — see our discussion here) to Ralph Reed‘s Faith & Freedom Coalition‘s “Road to Majority” conference this weekend, which, Maddow noted, mockingly, lobbied Congress this week “on the evils of gay marriage and the darkness that will be unleashed on the land if the court rules in a pro-gay way.”
But Republicans can no longer feel safe talking about gay people the way they have in the past, says Maddow.
“Republican politicians are about to lose the luxury of only talking about gay rights in front of anti-gay audiences like the Faith & Freedom Coalition, or avoiding the question altogether because they don’t want to be quoted about it because their Republican position on the subject is so unpopular,” the MSNBC anchor reveals.
“Because in Republican world — it is a very different world than most of us live in when it comes to talking about ‘The Gay,’” Maddow rightly notes.
“Nobody who has any real prospects of being a national leader in Republican politics in the next few years has anything other than a 100 percent anti-gay policy position on something like non-discrimination,” Maddow added. “That is apparently still a requirement if you are a Republican and you want to hold higher national office.”
But all that is about to change, and the ability to be anti-gay and continue to hold elected office will “come crashing down on the Republican Party,” Maddow predicts, when the Supreme Courts hands down its rulings on two historic marriage cases, Prop 8 and DOMA, which “many court observers” she says, believe could be this Monday.
(Note: the Monday possibility is pure speculation and we are wholly unaware of anyone willing to prognosticate on this. The conventional wisdom is the rulings will come down on a Monday or Thursday, per SCOTUS norms, between now and June 27.)
“After these rulings come out, this is going to be the biggest news in the country,” Maddow concluded. “They’re going to have to talk to the rest of the country, too, increasingly not only against them on these issues but bewildered by them and their positions on these issues.”
I urge you to spend the fourteen minutes to watch this entire segment. It’s excellent and totally worth your time. There’s lot’s of good stuff all the way through.
Like, Ken Blackwell who happens to be African-American and whose troubled past didn’t preclude him from being paid big bucks by the hate group Family Research Council, telling a Congressman if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the LGBT community there will be mass civil rights disobedience protests “reminiscent of the Civil Rights Movement,” nationwide.
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