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The Hoover, Upright

by Jeremy Hooper
"We Republicans have often found ourselves on the wrong side of civil rights struggles since the 1960s, but there was a reason that Martin Luther King, Jr.'s father is said to have supported Republicans.

Screen Shot 2010-01-17 At 2.25.31 Pm-1Republicans were historically the party ever-expanding freedom to disenfranchised minorities, from newly liberated slaves to giving women the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony was a Republican. By supporting the AFER trial we have an opportunity to establish our historic credibility on civil rights issues once again. But we should support marriage equality because it is the right thing to do.

Gays and lesbians are our friends, neighbors, doctors, colleagues, sisters and brothers. Does it sit well with you that because of their sexual orientation, a factor outside one’s control, that they should have less rights and protections in the eyes of the law? While increasing acceptance of gays marks my generational experience—Ellen DeGeneres is welcomed into the living rooms of millions of Americans daily, an impossibility in even my childhood— many who are older than me fear that if gays and lesbians can marry, what’s next? They worry that homosexual marriage degrades the integrity of heterosexual marriage. They fear that their children might be exposed to alternative lifestyles that will impact them negatively, or argue that the purpose of marriage is procreation. If you are uncomfortable with gay marriage, I encourage you to pay attention to this trial, the plaintiffs, the defense and the spectrum of experts, historians, psychologists, economists, political scientists, who will testify as to the effects and detriment of Proposition 8. In the words of NAACP chairman Julian Bond, “The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.”

-Conservative commentator and Fox News contributor Margaret Hoover: Why I'm Joining The Fight For Marriage Equality [Fox News]

Because Fox doesn't necessarily equal sheep. Brava, Ms. Hoover.

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Your thoughts

Now, THIS is a Maggie to love!
She's beautiful too.

Posted by: Regan DuCasse | Jan 17, 2010 2:49:36 PM

shouldn't that text be in blue?

Posted by: Phil | Jan 17, 2010 4:51:03 PM

Oops. Yup. Blue. Fixed.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 17, 2010 4:59:44 PM


Posted by: Em | Jan 17, 2010 11:20:23 PM

While I'm surprised that someone from Fox News actually supports same-sex marriage, its also nice to know there is a support. Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel on this issue.

Posted by: Sam | Jan 18, 2010 1:13:56 AM

What a great person Margaret Hoover truly is and I still can't believe Fox published this article. I have to reconsider my Fox hate is very hopefull. I would urge the Good As You blogg readers to leave comments to show appreciation for Margaret and the article. Currently there are many nasty gaybashers commenting and would be good with some more balance.

Posted by: Bjorn | Jan 18, 2010 3:31:45 AM

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