Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NY Republicans: A Collapse of Courage -- or Worse

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New York Republicans redefined marriage in their state last Friday night. This is the first time a Republican controlled legislative chamber in any state has ever supported homosexual "marriage".

Many called it a profound failure of moral courage.

I'm calling it a collapse of courage---or worse.

It's an implosion of individuals who ran on one set of beliefs, then, once elected, acted on a very different set of beliefs---or none at all, beyond their own political aspirations and ambitions.

Hollow people.

After being elected by mostly conservative, often people of faith, who would never support so-called "gay-marriage," they went to Albany and facilitated Gov. Cuomo in his staging to run for US President after Obama is finished.

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, who has pledged at least $2 million to make sure there are consequences to such behavior by lawmakers said, "Selling out your principles to get elected is wrong. Selling out your principles to help someone else get elected is just plain dumb."

Consequences is part of the dynamic of politics. However, that does not seem to be a priority concern for some Republicans in Washington State.

SB 5688 (2009-2010) set the table for homosexual "marriage" to be served up sooner than later. Here, as in the recent New York vote, there were a few Republicans who facilitated Sen. Ed Murray, Gov. Gregoire and a few others, for whatever reason, and abandoned their colleagues and a majority of their constituents and voted for the "Everything But Marriage" bill.

A couple of them have since retired or left the Senate.

However Curtis King R-14th District (Yakima) is still telling the people of Yakima he is their guy, representing them, fighting for them, etc. And Sen. Cheryl Pflug, R-5th District (East Side King County- Issaquah), is fighting for her constituents even though a majority in the 5th District does not support so-called homosexual "marriage".

Consequences? Not much. One of Cheryl's supporters who defined herself as a "Christian activist" wrote to me following my mention of her vote, scolding me and telling me even though Cheryl did not support marriage, she was pro-life.

I don't know about you, but as for me, I will not be silent as long as a voice is given me. And you, in our extensive readership, with God's blessing, is giving me a voice. From my heart--thank you.

Some are, with furrowed brow, consumed with the discussion of how Post Modernism is reshaping our culture and how we must adapt to it, while others are advocating that people of faith should push back so we can be more effective and not be tagged a bigot or hater because we support natural, biblical marriage and other biblical values and principles in the culture.

We must understand the implication of Post Modernism and yes, they will tag you a bigot or worse because of your beliefs if you voice them.

I am not a Catholic, but I wholly agree with the New York Catholic Bishops I quoted yesterday. If you didn't read their comments, please do.

David wrote in the 12th Psalm, verse one: (Living Bible) "Lord! Help! Godly men are fast disappearing. Where in the world can dependable men be found? Everyone deceives and flatters and lies. There is no sincerity left."

If you read verses 2 and following, you will see God's response.

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  1. Republicans -- like every other group pollsters like to slice and dice the American populace -- are trending toward supporting equal marriage for same-sex couples. Is it any surprise Republican politicians are, too?

    Six national and reputable polls in the last year have shown a majority of Americans in support of equal marriage. In 2004, NY support for equal marriage was in the low 30s; now it stands at 58 percent! A huge change in 7 years!

    Republican politicians aren't stupid. They see the writing on the wall. And the American public isn't stupid either. They are making up their minds largely through knowing gay people, and realizing what they hear from the likes of you and your quickly shrinking group of friends does not mesh with what they see.

    It seems like a million years ago, Gary, where you gave us a "first" with your failed R71 campaign (first expansion of gay rights supported by the people). And now we have the first time a Republican legislative body is instrumental in passing equal marriage. Things are moving fast. See ya in the dust!

  2. History never looks kindly on those who promoted religious bigotry against the advancement of civil rights. Gary will be an embarrassment for his great grandchildren.

    However, as long as religious bigotry pays the bills, he'll stay with it.

  3. 1116 actually you are mistaken in this . History will be our forever present . Just like R V Wade legalizing abortion will never stop those who see life as a gift from God . In fact our cuklture is still very much pro life , in some ways more so. You are confusing what many believe is fair and what people actually believe is right and wrong . Yes those in religious organizations like this promote a denigrating view of homosexuals , and I believe you are right on that accord . But there is a vast majority of people in this nation , who may even vote for gay marriage laws but not agree with gay marriage .

    There are still a great numbers of gays who do not marry even with the rights . Just like the low percentage in this state who have not taken advantage of the civil union laws here . That perhaps is a side bar , but sometimes I see this as more of a person's need to be treated in how they consider equal , even though the circumstances of being gay often do not really see marriage as an important aspect of their lives . The model that gays want to embrace has been set forth in this and other cultures by a hetrosexual culture . Picket fence , cat and two kids in the yard etc . Someone who cares for you and you for another is not caused by marriage . It works better if the marriage has that of course . The natural bond between two who have a child is biological and spirtual . The spirtual side is open to gays now .

    This issue will be causing problems for a long time . Its a issue like abortion that people perhaps are better off agreeing to disagree . But the negative or positive reults of marriage will forever be real in respective camps . The closer you get to Bibical Foundations the more you will be opposed , the closer you have a world view cemented in western civilization culture the same . The more secular the more you will gender or other issues as deserving the same respect and acknowledgement of importance . It will not happen .

    The good I see of this personally is a new and better field for the Harvest as they see in Christianese . Without it being a political issue , the funding of organizations that attack gays on a personal level will dry up . The folks who attack or diminsih the value of a human person has almost gone away , but the abortion issue remains . In fact , it is gaining on the personal level on how people feel about life .


  4. Mick, since the start of domestic partnerships there have been about 180,000 marriages and about 9,000 domestic partnerships - so the DP rate is about 5% of the Marriage. Considering out gay and lesbian people are 2% of the population that means they are licensing at about two and a half times the rate opposite gender couples are.

    I don't see how that's low...


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