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Wednesday, November 19, 2003  

A few more words on gay marriage (but not by me).

Kucinich: "Hey, who should care? I mean, if two people love each other and they want to get married, what difference should it make? I mean, why would anyone be concerned about who someone else marries? I mean, think about it." (From spokesman David Swanson: "He sees this as a civil rights issue and there should be absolutely no question that the Democratic Party should stand for civil rights. It’s a clear cut civil rights issue and not something to compromise on or play political strategy or political tactics with.")

Dean: "As governor of Vermont, I was proud to sign the nation’s first law establishing civil unions for same-sex couples. Today, the Massachusetts Court appears to have taken a similar approach to the Vermont Supreme Court and its decision that led to our civil unions law. One way or another, the state should afford same-sex couples equal treatment under law in areas such as health insurance, hospital visitation and inheritance rights. There will be those who try to use the decision today to divide Americans. Instead, this decision should be viewed as an opportunity to affirm what binds us together — a fundamental belief in the equality of human beings, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation."

Clark: "As president, I would support giving gays and lesbians the legal rights that married couples get. If the Massachusetts legislature decides to legalize same-sex marriages, it will be up to each state to decide whether those marriages will be valid in their state — and that is a choice each state, not the courts, will have to make."

Lieberman: Issued a statement (not available on his website) in which he said he doesn't support gay marriage, but "will oppose any attempts by the right wing to change the Constitution in response to today’s ruling, which would be unnecessary and divisive."

Kerry: According to press secretary David Wade, he believes that "a that marriage is between a man and a woman." Quixotically, he also believes his civil rights "record on it is stronger than other people in the field."

Edwards: "While I personally do not support gay marriage, I recognize that different states will address this in different ways, and I will oppose any effort to pass an amendment to the United States Constitution in response to the Massachusetts decision."

[Update: Gephardt: "While I support civil unions for same-sex couples, I also support the right of states to make decisions regarding the protections afforded same-sex couples. I do not support gay marriage, but I hope the Massachusetts State Legislature will act in a manner that is consistent with today’s Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling. As we move forward, it is my hope that we don’t get side-tracked by the right wing into a debate over a phony constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. I strongly oppose such an effort as purely political and unnecessarily divisive at the expense of those who already suffer from discrimination."]

posted by Jeff | 1:28 PM |
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