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Chan Lowe: New York's legalization of same-sex marriage


I have a problem with Michele Bachmann.

The problem I have isn’t with her socially conservative views, which I disagree with but do not denigrate, since they are legitimately held⎯nor is it with her recurring symptoms of foot-in-mouth disease, which provide comic relief more than anything else.

No, what I worry about is having as a potential president a person who is apparently capable of believing⎯simultaneously and passionately⎯in two opposing principles of government without seeing the illogic of her position(s).

She trumpets the inherent goodness of states’ rights, and has devoted herself, at least in her stump speech, to the goal of shrinking the federal government’s role in freedom-loving Americans’ lives to the fullest extent possible.

That sounds fine so far as it goes, until she is asked about New York’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage. Yes, Ms. Bachmann says, every state has a right to pass its own laws. But, as president, she would work as hard as she could to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing marriage as a contract exclusively between a man and a woman.

That last part sounds to me a lot like federal overreach into our personal lives, and an infringement upon the rights of states to determine their own political and social character.

I don’t think Michele Bachmann concerns herself with people who notice this inconsistency, because they aren’t likely to vote for her in the first place. More interesting is that her target audience obviously isn’t disturbed by it in the slightest. All it cares about is that she hits the hot buttons: states’ rights, the gay threat to American values, right to life, the required teaching of creationism in science class.

That’s to name but a few. I’m sure we’ll be hearing much, much more from her, even if half of what she says can’t exist alongside the other half.

Categories: 2012 Campaign (85), Culture Wars (199), Michele Bachmann (11)
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Thanks for a great column Chan...I'm disturbed by the intolerance & inconsistency I see by Bachmann and others....
Having been in a profession where I worked with a lot of gay's, they were not only my co-workers,but became dear friends....
This was waaay back, before it was P.C. to do so,& wasn't talked about,openly.
Yes- We've made some good changes in that thinking, but still have a long way to go...

"Yes, I want states to decide about such matters. Unless I disagree. Then I want a Constitutional amendment to overrule the states' decisions. See?"

I may have said this before, and I apologize in advance if I am in fact repeating myself, but some points NEED to be made over and over again:

If those people who want to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage claim to be doing so because they want to "uphold the sanctity of marriage", then the amendment MUST read as follows:

SECTION ONE. Marriage is hereby defined as being between one man and one woman at one time. No other arrangement will be considered legal in the United States.
SECTION TWO. A marriage as defined in Section One will be considered to be in force as long as both parties to it are alive.
SECTION THREE. The only exception to Section Two will be in those cases where one of the parties can prove conclusively that continuation of the marriage presents a clear and present danger to that party's life or safety.

Let's see how *that* goes over.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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