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DOMA Fight The New Wedge Issue

Jim Burroway

March 17th, 2011

Except this time, it’s the pro-equality side who win:

In what is perhaps a watershed moment in the long fight for gay rights, the current battle over the Defense of Marriage Act is being waged with at least tacit acknowledgment from all sides that it is a political winner for pro-gay-rights Democrats.

…On Wednesday, House and Senate Democrats held separate press conferences announcing the introduction of legislation to repeal DOMA. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), one of the sponsors of the House bill, was asked whether Democrats were politicizing gay rights as a wedge issue against the GOP, as Majority Leader Eric Cantor alleged last month.

“What do I say to the idea that this is a wedge issue? I say ‘Hallelujah,'” Frank told reporters. “The fact that we’ve now evolved to the point where the Republicans are complaining about the fact that we introduced this bill because it causes them political problems is a great sign of progress. It used to be the other way around.”

Huh!

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Ryan
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

I’d to see someone ask Frank or Pelosi why they Dems didn’t introduce this repeal when they still controlled Congress and it had a chance in hell of passing. I imagine we’ll get a meaningless ENDA vote soon, too.

Mark F.
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

Ryan:

This way they can blame the “Evil Republicans” when they fail.

Rob in San Diego
March 18th, 2011 | LINK

Are we fighting for “gay” rights or “equal” rights. I personally want equal rights, the same that they have, I don’t think straights have gay rights.

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