McCain 2010: Because it's only your rights he wants to send to the glue factory
Back when he voted against the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) invoked "Armageddon" and "death knells" when referring to the the kind of pro-equality progress that would lead him to support a version of an FMA:
And of course Sen. McCain, unlike his wife and daughter, supports local marriage bans whenever they arise. He supported Prop 8, which rolled back an already-granted right, He supported the anti-gay amendment in his own state of Arizona. Plain and simple: He doesn't support same-sex marriage in any way, shape, or non-gender-specific licensing form. In fact, during the '08 presidential campaign, the senior senator fully locked down his resistance so that it also included civil unions.
So why do we rehash all this now? Well, because the senator is facing his toughest re-election contest in years. And to get a leg hoof up on challenger J.D. Hayworth, McCain actually has the nerve to mock his opponent's marriage stance:
Okay, so no, as far as we know, Sarah Palin's Golden Ticket has never invoked sexual equestrianism in his anti-marriage stances. But honestly: So what?! At the end of the day, he still stands against basic civil equality for LGB people. The fact that he hasn't resorted to nutty verbal flourish to embolden (or weaken) his stance doesn't make his position any more commendable!
This would be kind of like a Senator who vocally opposed healthcare reform criticizing a TEA Partier for dressing the exact same stance up in a Hitler mustache. Yes, the latter is visually uglier, and the discourse more damaging. But one doesn't get a cookie simply because he or she was less kooky! If Sen. McCain truly wanted to distance himself from his potential successor, he would care less about the horse and more about the untenable position that continues to stink up the GOP's stable. Until he does that, his attempts to make political hay out of gay people's marriages is going to get a big neigh nay from us.
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