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Sun-Times politics wonk: Republicans want marriage equality passed and over with

Timothy Kincaid

January 28th, 2013

Recently a friend and I play a smart-phone game in which you spell words to flip letters and gain control of the board. If you play creatively and protect your letters, you can situate yourself into a non-losable position. And when I’m so lucky as to do so, Anthony will play a word that ends the game, letting me win, and move on to the next game.

And, according to Rich Miller, the political reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, that is what Illinois Republicans want to do on the issue of marriage equality: lose the battle and move on to the next one.

Talk to just about any top Illinois Republican these days off the record and they’ll freely admit that they want the bill legalizing gay marriage to be approved as soon as possible.

The reason so many Republicans would like to see the bill passed is because they know that with the huge, new Democratic majorities in both legislative chambers, that it’s eventually going to pass anyway.

They want to get this issue out of the way and behind them as soon as possible. The issue is trending hard against the GOP’s historical opposition, and they want the thing off the table before it starts to hurt them.

After New Hampshire Republicans refused to reverse marriage, and after New York Republicans met in caucus and came out with enough votes to pass marriage, and after the call by Wyoming Republicans for marriage (and it’s very close vote in today’s committee hearing), and after Rhode Island’s House Minority Leader lecturing the Senate Leader about delaying votes, and after the Illinois GOP chairman’s endorsement of equality (without losing his position), this argument makes a lot of sense.

And I’m sure that BTB readers will happily agree. Let’s pass marriage equality and move on.

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customartist
January 29th, 2013 | LINK

Oh No, No!

Marriage Equality will be passed, even though we have waited decades and lost Millions [that heteros take happily from us] due to State after State of Republican Legislatures, but…

I have a memory superior to that of an elephant, and I will never, NEVER vote Republican.

What Religious, and Extremist, and Tea Party Republicans have done to Gays, they will continue to do to others. They will continue making Gay relationships, Gay employment, Gay housing, Gay adoption, etc. as difficult as possible. They have in just recent news been firing from jobs those suspected of being “liberal”, and it is clear that Republicans hate Gays the most of any dempgraphic.

The original Civil Rights battle did not stop their covert yet pervasive descrimination, and Marriage Equality will not stop their hatred for Gays. It lives on. They feed it.

I for one will NOT let them beat us repeatedly, but then allow them to easily sweep this away having no personal repercussions for their hateful deeds.

Never forget.

Timothy Kincaid
January 29th, 2013 | LINK

The original Civil Rights battle did not stop their covert yet pervasive descrimination, …

Customartist, in the civil rights struggles, it was the Democrats in the South who supported discrimination.

Oh how quickly we forget.

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