Friday October 10th a good friend of many Americans, especially those who count themselves in the religious right, was laid to rest. The tombstone bears the dates “1778 – 2008”, our friend “Marriage and Family in Connecticut” passed away at the ripe old age of 230 years. It was preceded in death by “Marriage and Family in California” which died earlier this year at the age of 158, and “Marriage and Family in Massachusetts” in 2004, which died at the age of 216. All of these deaths occurred under the watch of George W. Bush, who promised both in 2000 and 2004 to defend marriage and family.
In truth we would have laid to rest “Marriage and Family in the USA” back in 2004 had it not been for the efforts of one William Jefferson Clinton, a Democrat. Under the guidance of the Clinton Administration the Defense of Marriage Act was passed which exempted gay marriage from the full faith and credit clause of the Constitution. Without this act by a brave Democrat concerned about the integrity of marriage in this country, and our families, gay marriage would now be defacto legal in all 50 states.
It’s hard to admit, but it’s time for the religious right to admit they’ve been taken for a ride. Under the watch of Republcians, Gay marriage has destroyed traditional families in three states so far. Under Bush and Cheney Chruches have lost their tax exempt status, and their property all for practicing their religion. The blame for what has happened lies solely at the feet of Conservatives who failed to stand up for the interests of the religious right.
This November we all have a choice to make, so which will it be? A vote for Republicans, who have destroyed marriage and family values over their 8 year reign? Or a vote for Democrats, the ONLY party with a track record for upholding family values and protecting marriage?