Thursday, August 5, 2010

On Same-Sex Marriage, McWherter's Happy On Wrong Side of History

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 4:16 PM

President Obama can't bring himself to say he's for legalizing same-sex marriage, so we don't know why we should expect something more from Mike McWherter. We're talking about the guy who isn't sure evolution ought to be taught alongside Genesis in our public school science classes. But after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker made himself a place in history by striking down California's Proposition 8 yesterday, we thought we'd give McWherter the opportunity to step up and show a little as-yet undetected courage. As you know, Pith is sunny and optimistic by nature and we always expect the best from everyone. Now that we've received McWherter's response, we feel dirty and used. Here it is, all 16 words of it:

"I respect the voters of Tennessee and they have made their position clear on this issue."

McWherter refers to Tennessee's own constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. It passed with a whopping 81 percent of the vote in 2006, remember? OK, McWherter's obviously doing the politically smart thing by staying the hell away from this issue. We recognize that. But we don't have to like it, do we? If this were the Sixties and the Democratic nominee refused to take a position on segregation, would we give that guy a pass too? Some things are too important.

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