Monday, June 02, 2008

Gay Marriage: Relevant or Distraction?

Nixon Camp: "Let's Keep Our Eye On The Ball"

God, check.
Guns, check.
And now gays . . . check.
Both Sarah Steelman and Kenny Hulshof alluded to God and faith in their first television ads. Sarah Steelman pumped up her support of 2nd amendment rights by buying her son a gun. And now Kenny Hulshof is the first candidate in the race for Governor to bring up the hot-button issue of gay marriage.
The move was telegraphed by Gov. Matt Blunt, who in Branson Saturday, skewered Attorney General Jay Nixon for not signing onto a letter criticizing California's recent court ruling permitting same sex marriage.
On Monday, Hulshof joined in, questioning why Nixon hasn't signed on to a list of those states calling for a stay of the California Supreme Court ruling. Attorneys general from several states with constitutional bans on gay marriage are asking the court to delay finalizing its ruling to ok same-sex marriage.
"It’s time for Jay Nixon to represent Missourians, and the laws we have overwhelmingly passed," said Hulshof, in a release. "Why wait? Failure to act could harm the efforts of those trying to delay the impact of this harmful decision."

"California does not have a residency requirement for obtaining a marriage license. The potential exists that all California marriages would have to be observed nationwide," the Hulshof release reads. "Nixon is purportedly in favor of traditional marriage, but his failure to act on this issue is telling."

“Jay Nixon should make it clear where he stands on traditional marriage, bolster the efforts of his fellow attorneys general, and ask the California Supreme Court to stay this ruling," Hulshof added.

The Nixon campaign reaffirmed Nixon's opposition to gay marriage, and said he would look into the letter.
"Jay has always believed marriage is between a man and a woman, and as Attorney General he’s fought to protect traditional marriage. He’ll take a look at the letter and continue to do everything necessary to protect marriage in Missouri," said Nixon spokesperson Oren Shur told the KY3 Political Notebook.
"But Jay’s focus in this campaign is on finding real solutions to the core challenges that Missouri families face during these difficult economic times. Many Missouri families don’t know how they’re going to pay next month’s bills, so let’s keep our eye on the ball," Shur said.


whistleblower said...

"The potential exists that all California marriages would have to be observed nationwide," the Hulshof release reads.

Has Kenny forgot that we have a federal law that specifically states; "No state (or other political subdivision within the United States) need treat a relationship between persons of the same sex as a marriage, even if the relationship is considered a marriage in another state.

Look at the Defense of Marriage Act

Paul Seale said...

All depends upon what judges say nowadays.

Seems like it doesnt matter what is passed into law by people or legislatures. If a judge feels a certain way or desires to change it on a whim they do so.

Here is my bigger question about this post and how it started out with the phrase coined by Democrats referring to what they see as a GOP strategy of scaring people with "God, guns and gays."

Is the larger story regarding Hulshof being underminded (or made fun of) with the introduction to the story.

What some people fail (especially in the media) to understand is the single underlying principle of these three issues -- which is followed by a fourth never mentioned, taxes -- is a nanny state mentality in which government intrudes into our lives.

It seems like that whole philosophy and principle - and thus the question - which underlies many of our principles is minimized by the repetition of a 2004 Howard Dean phrase.

More to the substantive point - why hasnt Nixon taken the position, especially in light of his duty to defend what is passed into law.

Oh wait, that would be just the laws he enjoys defending. Unlike those which he does not - like the campaign finance law which a former staffer of his challenged as a stunt to cut Blunt's campaign coffers.