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Same-sex marriage is a losing issue

2012-05-16T02:53:24+00:00

I’m not going to argue for or against same-sex marriage. It’s a non-issue for me. It’s a non-issue for the 98 percent of the population which is not gay. But here are some data points.

The United States Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, recognizing marriage as a heterosexual union. The law was signed by President Bill Clinton (a Democrat). It has no effect over states, however, which can define marriage as they please.

Since 2004, six states and the District of Columbia have enacted same-sex marriage. In all of them, the law was passed by the legislature, or enacted by a court, not by the voters.

Forty-two states specifically define marriage as a heterosexual union and/or ban homosexual unions (12 states by law, 30 states by constitutional amendment).

In every state where same-sex marriage has been put to a popular vote, it  has failed. North Carolina became the most recent state where same-sex marriage failed, in a 61-to-39-percent vote where homosexual unions were specifically banned by an amendment to the state constitution.

The media keeps talking about polls where a majority of respondents support same-sex marriage (especially young people, who are programmed by their schools to support it). But polls and voting are two different things. Polls are often skewed by the wording of the question, the sample of respondents, and by the implicit pressure to answer “correctly.” But in the privacy of the voting booth, none of those things apply, and people can vote what they believe. And the majority of voters still believes that marriage is a heterosexual union.

The recent flap over Joe Biden’s “slip” on “Meet The Press” on May 6 is funny. It wasn’t a slip. He has made his views known in several interviews and speeches over the past few months, and they were not a secret. But this time, the media took his statements and ran with them, and “forced” President Obama to admit that his “evolving” views on same-sex marriage had stopped evolving months ago. He had simply been waiting until September, shortly before the election, to announce his support for same-sex marriage. Biden’s interview “forced” Obama to make his admission early.

The discussion about same-sex marriage is merely a device to distract voters from the economy. The official unemployment rate is 8.1 percent. The unemployment rate including workers who have stopped looking for work is 9.5 percent. The unemployment rate including under-employed workers who are working part-time because they can’t find full-time work is 14.5 percent. Those numbers are a losing issue for Obama.

That means he has to have a different issue to distract voters from the real issue of the economy. Hence, same-sex marriage is now in the limelight. But it’s a losing issue too, just like gun control. It’s not smart to trade one losing issue for another, but when 1 in 6 of Obama’s top fundraising “bundlers” are gay, it makes some kind of twisted sense to alienate a large number of voters in order to score points with a few wealthy ones.

It’s time to drop the non-issue of same-sex marriage, and return to the issue at hand: $5 trillion in “stimulus” spending has failed, and continues to fail. Obamanomics simply doesn’t work.

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