Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Feingold out in front again

Yesterday, Feingold announced his support for gay marriage.
Feingold said in an interview that he was motivated to state his position on one of the most divisive social issues in the country after being asked at a town hall meeting Sunday about a pending amendment to the Wisconsin state constitution to ban same-sex marriages. Feingold called the amendment "a mean-spirited attempt" to single out gay men and lesbians for discrimination and said he would vote against it. But he went further, announcing that he favors legalizing same-sex marriages.

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"Obviously, it's a very difficult issue and evokes a lot of emotions," Feingold said in a telephone interview yesterday. "I think it's something ultimately that people throughout the country will accept, but it's not an easy issue." - Washington Post
It's refreshing to have a national Democrat finally say what most Democratic politicians really believe but are too afraid to announce. I think most people who follow politics know that eventually the public will come to favor gay marriage. Polls show that the support for gay marriage is inversely proportional to age, which means that as time passes support will only grow stronger and stronger. But it takes courage for a Democrat with Presidential aspirations to come out in favor of it while support is still tepid at best.

Additionally, no one can accuse Feingold of political posturing on this one. Sure it might help him with the hard-core lefties, but even Howard Dean didn't go this far in 2004. This can only be classified as a statement of political principles, and for that Feingold deserves praise.

2 Comments:

At April 05, 2006 10:45 PM, Anonymous Charles said...

Gay marriage is a divisive issue. However, I think the best way to resolve the issue is through the US Court system. One must wonder if sexual preference is protected under the 14th Amendment and if so, the states cannot discriminate. However, if not, the states should be allowed to legislate as they deem fit. We are a nation of laws and not of men.

 
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