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  •  I couldn't agree more (3.66)
    Here's my initial response sent out to my Ernest Becker newsgroup...

    [T]he turnout was high in Ohio as there was an initiative on the ballot that would not only ban gay marriage, but deny all partnership benefits to any couples who are not man and woman married.

    I repeat.  The initiative intends to deny any and all partnership benefits, including those already given in Ohio, to gay couples.  That goes far beyond just defining marriage as between man and woman.  And it passed with flying colors, even though the Republican governor and both Ohio senators opposed the measure.

    It worked, however, in getting out the vote, as
    cultural conservatives were fired up to go vote, no matter their qualms with Bush, because the institution of marriage and morality were at stake from 'the gay agenda'.

    The strategy by Rove and the GOP nationally to get out the vote by gay bashing worked like a charm.

    It sets a terrible precedent, and we all should be

    free the information

    by freelixir on Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 01:42:40 PM PST

    •  sent that out on Wednesday (none)
      To me, it's pretty clear.  They got a big turnout this time due to gay bashing, but it's not clear they'll be able to repeat that next time, and, in the interim, we can point to places like Ohio and ask, "Is it necessary to hate gays in order to win elections?".

      All their arguments were overblown.  There is no 'gay agenda' in the Democratic Party, and denying partnership benefits to gays isn't even being advocated by President Bush.  But Ohio went for the grand slam and denying all benefits to anyone except man and woman married couples.

      free the information

      by freelixir on Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 01:45:05 PM PST

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