What is remarkable about the reaction to the Prop 8 decision is that within the anger are the beginnings of admissions of defeat. The Right has won many important battles against gay rights, but they are losing the war…and they know it…[A]ttorneys for the Right Wing organizations backing Prop 8 could only manage to sputter tired prejudices barely disguised as legal arguments regarding the mythical damage to society caused by legal recognition of gay couples.
— Michael B. Keegan, president, People For the American Way, “Losing Their Appeal: The Real Reason the Right Is Terrified by the Prop 8 Case,” at Huff Post
The religious right may be having a conniption, but younger Republicans increasingly appear to believe that opposing gay equality is inconsistent with a belief in increased liberty and smaller government. Although the religious right will continue to be a strong presence in the GOP for years to come, changing demographics are not on the side of anti-gay forces and the GOP appears to be awakening to this reality.
— RD, “The GOP Drops the Fight Against Gay Rights,” at Frum Forum (RD is the pseudonym of a 10-year armed services veteran recently returned from Afghanistan)
I found these two articles interesting because they dovetail nicely regarding the topic of social conservative public meltdowns in the last week or so regarding the war to “save marriage.”
In the case of WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah, it’s become a PR disaster with each e-blast from his computer taking Ann Coulter to task for keynoting GOProud’s HOMOCON. They became more and more shrill (with her charging him with being a publicity whore and nutter birther), culminating in Farah making a hilariously deranged appearance on the Mike Signorile Show with him sputtering incoherently about the legal handwriting on the wall re: Prop 8 and the increasing public acceptance of marriage for same-sex couples.
As I noted a couple of days ago, the signal for Coulter, Glenn Beck and many other conservatives-for-pay to “come out” as either supporters of marriage equality or declare it a non-issue seemed to be the 138-page Prop 8 legal ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker.
The sorry-ass, religious, culture, and bias-based excuses to prevent opening civil marriage to lesbians and gays couldn’t stand up to the reality-based legal standard, as Olsen and Boies smacked down the so-called “experts” who bothered to show up to testify. Just a peek at Walker’s Findings of Fact alone put those ridiculous arguments completely to bed.
This is what Michael Keegan discussed on Huff Post – the real fear of the bible beaters is that the Prop 8 case will move forward:
A few days after Judge Walker’s decision, the pseudo-historian David Barton, founder and president of the right-wing group WallBuilders, explicitly described the nervousness that has been behind much of the Right’s outrage. The case against Proposition 8, Barton argued, could win in the Supreme Court…so opponents of marriage equality should sacrifice California in order to save anti-equality laws in 31 other states.
“Right now the damage is limited to California only,” Barton told Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association during a radio interview, “but if California appeals this to the US Supreme Court, the US Supreme Court with Kennedy will go for California, which means all 31 states will go down in flames, although right now this decision is limited only to California…the problem is that instead of California losing its amendment, now 31 states lose their amendment. And that won’t happen if California doesn’t appeal this decision.”
For Beck and other high-profile conservatives, it’s simply “Game Over, Man” and time to cross this one off the list and
move along to more useful targets focus on more pressing issues. RD @ FrumForum:
The list of conservatives supporting gay equality is growing – from the many Republican appointed judges who have ruled in favor of various gay rights cases, to GOP Solicitor General Ted Olson, Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and even the ultraconservative former Vice President Dick Cheney. Nowadays Margaret Hoover of Fox News sits on the board of GOProud alongside conservative Grover Norquist; and even Elisabeth Hasselbeck has come out in support of gay marriage rights.
A growing list of conservative writers and activists have endorsed various gay causes as well. Philip Klein at the American Spectator and talking head Mike Gallagher oppose “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and pundit George Will has remarked that with changing attitudes and demographics, “homosexuality will soon be a non-issue in the military”.
A telling incident occurred this past week when an Iowa Republican candidate made anti-gay remarks and the state GOP chairman publicly rebuked him, claiming his statements were “inappropriate and in no way represent the beliefs of the Republican Party of Iowa”.
What is happening to the GOP? First our elected officials tire of bashing gays and now our pundits? Perhaps Republicans are beginning to see the writing on the wall.
Perhaps it won’t add to their bottom lines anymore to spew anti-gay bile for votes and to fill organization coffers. I’d love to see how much longer some bottom-feeders of that movement like Peter LaBarbera can stay afloat as his boat sprouts new leaks once the real truth about homosexuality pokes holes in it.
* Mike Signorile interviews WND’s Farah – on Coulter’s ‘betrayal’: ‘My Eyes Have Been Opened’
* WorldNetDaily’s Farah in complete meltdown as high-profile conservatives ’embrace the homos’
* Add AFA’s Bryan Fischer to list of homobigots in meltdown over conservatives ditching them
* Coulter on fundie Take Back America confab: ‘They’re a bunch of fake Christians’