August 7, 2005


Democrats set to endorse gay 'marriage' (Donald Lambro, 8/08/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Massachusetts Democrats are preparing to endorse same-sex "marriage" in their party platform this week, reopening a bitter split among national party leaders, some of whom fear the issue will hurt their campaign to win back majority status in Congress.

State Democrats plan to embrace same-sex "marriage" at their party convention Saturday, despite deep disagreement over the issue between the state's two U.S. senators, an arms-length posture by the national party, and a public backlash against it that has spawned a political movement to ban it in state law and at the federal level in the U.S. Constitution.

A party that's terrified of having the public find out what it truly believes in is destined to remain a permanent minority.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2005 2:56 PM

Get Howard Dean on the record - right NOW.

And then start telling every Red State that the judge who 'pushed' the decision is the wife of a NYT columnist who thought Ronald Reagan was evil incarnate.

And then make it an issue in every Senate campaign in 2006.

And ask Pat Leahy what he thinks about it, too.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 7, 2005 10:11 PM

The proximity of New Hampshire to Massachusetts makes this even more of a train wreck for Democrats in 2008, since an outright endorsement by party members in the neighboring state is bound to come up during the nation's first primary, when people are paying attention in other parts of the country.

Add having an actual candidate from the Bay State in the mix, if Kerry runs again, and it's even more likely the question will be impossible for the presidential hopefuls to dodge (though Lord knows, Ms. Clinton will do her darndest to pull that tricky maneuver off).

Posted by: John at August 8, 2005 8:56 AM