Cheney Breaks with Bush on the Hate Amendment
from Americablog: (John Aravosis)
Fundie meltdown over Cheney's gay marriage comments begin
by John in DC - 9:12 PM
They're baaaaack. And none too pleased:
[Cheney's] comments drew criticism from the conservative Family Research Council, with President Tony Perkins saying, "I find it hard to believe the vice president would stray from the administration's position on defense policy or tax policy. For many pro-family voters, protecting traditional marriage ranks ahead of the economy and job creation as a campaign issue."
Perkins added that if Cheney sees a problem with activist judges, "then how can he not endorse the same solution the president and his pro-family allies have proposed? We urge Vice President Cheney to support President Bush and a constitutional amendment on marriage."
Gay marriage is ahead of the economy and job creation? Just shows you how out of the touch the religious right really is with regular Americans.
Also, Cheney's comments were THE TOP STORY on ABC's World News Tonight. And the spin was perfect. Cheney breaks with Bush over gay marriage. And ABC also noted how odd this was coming only days before the GOP Convention.
Genevieve Wood of the Family Research Council added: "The vice president's remarks today are disappointing. The fact is I think it sends a very mixed message to voters where does the administration stand on this issue."
But perhaps my favorite comments were from the White House that, according to ABC, said the vice president made the president's position clear. Yeah, he did. Cheney said that he believes "freedom means freedom for everyone" and apparently the president doesn't believe that, or at least the president doesn't believe freedom means freedom for gay people.
Bush's position is crystal clear.
Gary Bauer (quoted in USA today)
But Gary Bauer, a leading social conservative who heads a think tank called American Values, expressed dismay. "My only concern is that in a very close election, his comments could confuse and demoralize voters that President Bush desperately needs," said Bauer, who was in New York for the platform deliberations.
WH Transcript of these remarks is here:
Q We have a battle here on this land, as well. And I would like to know, sir, from your heart -- I don't want to know what your advisors say, or even what your top advisor thinks -- but I need to know what do you think about homosexual marriages.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, the question has come up obviously in the past with respect to the question of gay marriage. Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue that our family is very familiar with. We have two daughters, and we have enormous pride in both of them. They're both fine young women. They do a superb job, frankly, of supporting us. And we are blessed with both our daughters.
With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People ought to be able to free -- ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to. The question that comes up with respect to the issue of marriage is what kind of official sanction, or approval is going to be granted by government, if you will, to particular relationships. Historically, that's been a relationship that has been handled by the states. The states have made that basic fundamental decision in terms of defining what constitutes a marriage. I made clear four years ago when I ran and this question came up in the debate I had with Joe Lieberman that my view was that that's appropriately a matter for the states to decide, that that's how it ought to best be handled.
The President has, as result of the decisions that have been made in Massachusetts this year by judges, felt that he wanted to support the constitutional amendment to define -- at the federal level to define what constitutes marriage, that I think his perception was that the courts, in effect, were beginning to change -- without allowing the people to be involved, without their being part of the political process -- that the courts, in that particular case, the state court in Massachusetts, were making the judgment or the decision for the entire country. And he disagreed with that. So where we're at, at this point is he has come out in support of a federal constitutional amendment. And I don't think -- well, so far it hasn't had the votes to pass. Most states have addressed this. There is on the books the federal statute Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996. And to date it has not been successfully challenged in the courts, and that may be sufficient to resolve the issue. But at this point, say, my own preference is as I've stated. But the President makes basic policy for the administration. And he's made it clear that he does, in fact, support a constitutional amendment on this issue. (Applause.)
From the FRC's Daily Bleating:
FRC Gearing Up for GOP Platform Battles
The Republican Party will begin it's deliberations over the party's platform in earnest this evening. We expect the platform language to be released from the committee sometime tonight. In preparation for the debates, FRC staff members have been working diligently with other pro-family allies to formulate language and amendments on a variety of issues, from marriage and the pro-life plank to embryonic stem cell research. And, as important as it is to get solid pro-family language into the platform, it is equally important to keep out language which attempts to undermine the party's commitment to pro-family issues.
Unfortunately protection of our values is made more difficult when mixed messages emanate from the White House. We support President Bush's commitment to a constitutional amendment on marriage but we are left to wonder why the Vice President is allowed to depart from this position when the top of the ticket is unified on all other issues. Today in speaking to citizens in Davenport, Iowa the VP made the following statement: ".....with respect to the question of relationships my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone...people ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to." The definition of marriage as between one man and one woman is the bedrock of society and should be addressed in a unified manner just as all other issues will be during the convention. Cheney went on to say, "I think his (the President's) perception was that the courts, in effect, were beginning to change, without allowing the people to be involved. The courts were making the judgment for the entire country." If the VP perceives the problem of activist judges and their actions then how can he not endorse the same solution the President and his pro-family allies have proposed? We urge Vice President Cheney to support President Bush and a constitutional amendment on marriage.
Media Note: Tonight FRC's Genevieve Wood will appear on ABC "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" to discuss Vice President Dick Cheney's remarks on same-sex "marriage" today.
Get over it, Tony - what part of Bush is embarrassed to be seen with you losers can't you understand?