Tuesday, April 04, 2006


I respect Russ Feingold for many reasons, but today he won both my love and admiration because of this simple declaration:
"Gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry and have access to the same rights, privileges and benefits that straight couples currently enjoy." Feingold went on to add, "[This] kind of discrimination ... has no place in our laws, especially in a progressive state like Wisconsin. The time has come to end this discrimination and the politics of divisiveness that has become part of this issue."
I've often said that the Dems best strategy in dealing with gay and lesbian rights issues is to stop letting the GOP beat them up with it and stop saying nonsensical things like gay and lesbian people are equal to other people, civil unions are OK but marriage offends them.

Look how far and fast we've come in gaining support for gay and lesbian equality despite the fact that so few people in higher public office have tried to pursuade or explain why discrimination is wrong. Imagine what would happen if the Dems stopped acting scared cowardly and said what they really think without mincing words? People might actually start to view them as courageous and strong for sticking up for what they believe in even if it isn't popular. I also happen to think that most people believe that the Dems support same-sex marriage anyways, whether they publicly admit to it or not, so it would hardly hurt them to say it.

Maybe Feingold will help them see the light.

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