“SAN FRANSICO (AP) – Gay and lesbian advocates have been doing some soul-searching since U.S. President George W. Bush’s election victory, wondering if same-sex wedding marches through San Francisco and Massachusetts tipped the scales to Republican promising to restore traditional values.
Exit polling showed “moral values” were at the top of voters’ concerns last Tuesday, especially in the 11 states where voters banned same-sex marriage – ballot amendments inspired by the parade of weddings.
“I think it hurt,” said Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay Democrat from Massachusetts, the state that set off the firestorm last November when its high court ruled that gay couples have the right to wed.
Frank is among many political observers who credit the antigay marriage amendments with giving the president’s conservative base a reason to go to the polls in crucial battleground states like Ohio.
“It gives them a position to rally around,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who once served as San Francisco’s mayor. “That whole issue has been too much, too fast, too soon. People aren’t ready for it.”
Crunching the numbers, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force denies that gay marriage alone boosted turnout among evangelical Christians in Oregon, Ohio, and Michigan, the three swing states where constitutional amendments were on the ballot.”
Thank goodness the Democrats have already found a person or group to blame, they were critically close to examining their own campaign and tactics. Sure the group that looks to be on the chopping block just happens to be their BASE, but really when have the dems ever really cared about gays and lesbians to begin with? Leave it to the democrats to almost stand on the JUST side of an issue, only to then blame that group and apologize for kind of wanting social justice. GO DEMOCRATS GO! Tell me how you feel about African Americans? Asians? Latinos? Got anything to say about the “inferiority” of women? I know you guys hate the poor, just say it, it will make you feel better. Come on Democrats, I know you want to cut loose. Why stop now? Middle Class White Men’s votes are on the line! Screw the base, screw the facts, screw counting my vote, screw it all, why be Democrats when you can be Republicrats?