Don Sherfick

Bush administration double standard on gay marriage

Filed By Don Sherfick | October 13, 2006 10:08 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: BushCo, Condoleezza Rice

Andrew Sullivan links this morning to a USA Today item that highlights what it calls the "GOP's gay identity crisis". It features a picture of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice swearing in Mark Dybul as the country's new global AIDS coordinator. Between Mark, an openly gay man, and Rice are First Lady Laura Bush and Mark's partner, Jason Claire. And lest anyone be mislead into assuming that Jason and Mark are simply business or law partners, Rice referred to Jason's mother, also at the ceremony, as Mark's "mother-in-law". The article goes on to point out the paradox between the ease in which official Republican Washington deals with gays and lesbians and the face that's put on for its evangelical Christian base outside the beltway.

There have been an increasing number of stories like this one recently as a spinoff to the Foley scandal. While the result may yet be a purging of gays and lesbians in the GOP's ranks, I'm heartened by the fact that the news is getting out that the party speaketh with forked tongue to its largest block of supporters.

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You know, it just seems to me that the Republicans are no different from the Democrats or the public in general on this one. Some people make us feel included. Some make us feel excluded.

Those why include us and our families in a full, complete manner do so not so much as a political manner, but more out of a genuine motive to be inclusive. I say "Good for Condi!" Hopefully more of BushCo will follow her example!