The California Supreme Court overturned the ban on gay marriage today. This decision makes me very proud to live in California. I think any two people who want to get married should be able to get married. For those arguing that gay marriage destroys the sanctity of marriage, well, I don’t think that sanctity exists considering that almost 50% of marriages end in divorce. And when you take into account that luminaries such as Britney and K-Fed, Pamela and Tommy Lee / Kid Rock / Rick Solomon can get married — or when you watch every other episode of the Jerry Springer show — it’s proof positive that there is NO sanctity left in marriage. So unless the conservatives have a better argument than sanctity, this particular argument holds no value.
But the timing of this decision could impact the Democrats’ chance of the White House in 2008. In 2004, Gavin Newsom‘s bad timing made gay marriage a national issue during the Presidential Elections and may have cost Kerry the election.* I heard that Congressman Barney Frank (D – Mass), actually called Newsom himself and asked him to wait a few months. But he didn’t want to wait and the conservative voters rallied behind an unpopular, ineffective president for fear of terrorists and gays. I mean, what could be scarier than 2 people in love getting married. Marriage is reserved for 2 people getting married because they have to, because one of them got pregnant.
My fear is that gay marriage will once again dominate the headlines, take the spotlight away from the devastating war in Iraq, the miserable state of health care and education, and mobilize the lowest common denominator of the American voting public to vote for the Republican candidate — the “I’m-in-good-health-but-I-collect-tax-free-disability-money-from-the-government” John McCain. And if McCain gets elected, he’ll hold the power to nominate at least one other judicial appointment to the Supreme Court, and when this case reaches the Supreme Court, it will undoubtedly get overturned by the conservative bench.
And about the economy…I say, if you want to improve the economy then gay marriage CANNOT be banned. Think about it people, weddings are big business. Let’s expand the pool of people eligible to get married. Weddings employ local caterers, planners, photographers, etc. That’s right, labor that CANNOT be outsourced to China, and this means that the money spent will actually improve the local economies** a lot more than the economic surplus checks arriving in the mail.
Here’s hoping that in the last 4 years, the American public has learned from its mistakes. Here’s hoping that people put aside their judgments and make voting decisions about politics without regard to what two consenting adults do in their private lives. After all, most of those voters who are so concerned about gay marriage that they keep voting Republican, are the ones least likely to benefit from Republican policies.
* I know that there were many more issues that cost Kerry the election. He ran a horrible campaign and this was just one of the many reasons he lost the election.
** Brad and Angelina have promised that they’ll get married when ALL people are allowed to get married, not just the straights. Brad and Angelina’s wedding pictures will likely sell lots of magazines, increasing consumer spending and keeping tabloid journalists and photographers employed.