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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Al Franken on Gay Marriage at a Fundraiser


Franken first talked about gay marriage. He portrayed it as a basic issue of civil rights, invoking miscengenation, Barry Goldwater, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His father had been a Republican until 1964, Franken said. Goldwater's vote against the civil rights act turned him into a Democrat. He became a Democrat "and kept moving left."

Forty years from now, according to Franken, we would be embarrassed to look back on the controversy over gay marriage as we are now looking back on the controversy over outlawing segregation. Franken lacks the discretion of a professional politician and used this issue in particular to launch an attack on Sen. Coleman's marriage. If he runs against Coleman, Franken said, he would ask him if he didn't want gay couples "to have what you have." He riffed on that theme while the crowd tittered.

This stuff is invisible on Al Franken's website.