Blog house: Conservatives now blogging in defense of ... gays?
Published: April 07, 2007
Geez, you go on vacation for a couple of weeks, and when you get back, there's been a sea change in where the parties stand. Conservative bloggers are now the defenders of gays and lesbians. Several right-wing bloggers are attacking Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken for some skits and comments he made more than 30 years ago that they, with their finely tuned sensitivities, construe as possibly antigay.
That's quite a change from when the Republican Party was trying to use same-sex marriage and gay adoption as wedge issues. It seems like just yesterday that the GOP caucus in St. Paul was trying to put the gay marriage issue on the ballot to gin up voter turnout and that überconservative pinup girl Ann Coulter was calling a Democratic presidential candidate a "faggot."
If Ann Coulter's mouth is an issue, Al Franken's mouth should be also. Norm Coleman should be answering for his anti-gay flyer in 1998.
Since these bloggers are now courageous champions for civil rights for gays and lesbians, it won't be long before they call on Sen. Norm Coleman to repudiate his vote for a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and hate-crimes legislation.
They've seen the progressive light. I mean, that has to be it. The only other explanation would be craven hypocrisy, and that certainly couldn't be the case.
There are many conservatives who opposed the federal marriage amendment. One of those was DOMA author Bob Barr.