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09/02/2014

Um, but he lost to another pro-equality candidate, Tony

by Jeremy Hooper

Tony Perkins is obviously tweeting this link because he thinks it says something about support for marriage equality:

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[FRC prez Tony Perkins]

But the truth is that Gov. Abercrombie's primary loss lends no credence to Tony and his favored cause of discrimination. First, it's believed that Abercrombie lost to his rival, state senator David Ige, because Hawaii has an open primary and Republicans turned out in droves to vote for a candidate who they think will be more vulnerable in the general election. But regardless, David Ige is also a marriage equality supporter who voted for Gov. Abercrombie's bill in the special session. On the issue of marriage equality, all Hawaii voters did was swap out one pro-equality Democrat for another.

If there's a message here it's that voters, when heading to their state's polls to vote for governor, are increasingly more likely to encounter candidates who back the freedom to marry. Tony might find it funny that a staunch marriage advocate like Abercrombie went down at the hand of a a largely GOP-manufactured effort against him, but I think this primary result actually sends a powerful message for our side on the marriage issue, not his. It shows that even if you try to take on one candidate and make him some sort of scapegoat for supporting fairness, you're still not going to take down the cause. Support for marriage equality is becoming a consensus position.

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