Did you hear 2012 Presidential Candidate Rick Perry organized a Prayer Rally for fundamentalist Christians that exceeded 30,000 attendees? Far more than any event staged by the announced Republican presidential contenders?
Rick Perry has followed in the footsteps of those like Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, and Tim Pawlenty, and Mitch Daniels. Just another one of the Republican presidential candidates for the 2012 election to make RELIGION their number one drive and force behind their campaign to gain favor and votes.
These four have all promised and made it a top priority to ban gay marriage nationally. Even in the states that have voted it legal. Some even signed a vow stating that gay is a choice and the legal rights of gays will be revoked or further hindered.
So you four, further putting off full equality of civil liberty and human rights is your biggest goal, aside from all Tea Party candidates jumping on board and holding USA hostage so that OBAMA will agree to your terms on our debt ceiling issue we have been facing? Foreign Policy, Repairing the Economy, Social Security, Health, etc... are not your top priorities. "Protecting Families" however is a top priority, pardon my language but "WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU PROTECTING THEM FROM, HUH?" With this war parents (heterosexual parents) are losing their children in a war that is not our own, families are ending up on the streets and starving because this economy has tanked so much, social security is becoming obsolete to the point these already starving families now have to take on their extended family (the grandparents) financially, and the health is ridiculous considering more than 50% of this country is obese and overweight. Your idea of protecting families will pull perfectly healthy ones apart.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has recently ended up in bankruptcy court. DOMA was enacted back in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. It has been 18 years that DOMA has been around and according to both President Bill Clinton and the architect of DOMA former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr, DOMA has done no good. In fact many of the ANTI SAME-SEX MARRIAGE supporters claim they "don't want their taxes paying for the perversions of others." Okay, so they would rather "their taxes" go to an Act that does nothing, 18 years of their taxes, and eventually go into bankruptcy? Obviously these people that support ANTI SAME-SEX MARRIAGE are not very smart with their finances, and these are the people that the Republican Presidential Candidates are trying to appeal to. So with our country being in debt to a point of almost having to claim bankruptcy itself we are going to choose someone who supports an act that has been wasting tax payers dollars for 18 years. In fact, an act that has been taking taxes from the hard working American LGBT community and funneling it into DOMA which withholds our own rights???
Recently during the Repeal of DOMA to be replaced by RFMA (respect for marriage act) which was shot down by no other than these same Republicans that have been wasting our money on it.... anyway sidetracked sorry. Recently during the repeal of DOMA former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr wrote an editorial in Los Angeles Times calling to repeal DOMA.
I've wrestled with this issue for the last several years and come to the conclusion that DOMA is not working out as planned. In testifying before Congress against a federal marriage amendment, and more recently while making my case to skeptical Libertarians as to why I was worthy of their support as their party's presidential nominee, I have concluded that DOMA is neither meeting the principles of federalism it was supposed to, nor is its impact limited to federal law.
In effect, DOMA's language reflects one-way federalism: It protects only those states that don't want to accept a same-sex marriage granted by another state. Moreover, the heterosexual definition of marriage for purposes of
federal laws-- including, immigration, Social Security survivor rights and veteran's benefits -- has become a de facto club used to limit, if not thwart, the ability of a state to choose to recognize same-sex unions.
Even more so now than in 1996, I believe we need to reduce federal power over the lives of the citizenry and over the prerogatives of the states. It truly is time to get the federal government out of the marriage business. In law and policy, such decisions should be left to the people themselves.
In 2006, when then-Sen. Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment, he said, "Decisions about marriage should be left to the states." He was right then; and as I have come to realize, he is right now in concluding that DOMA has to go. If one truly believes in federalism and the primacy of state government over the federal, DOMA is simply incompatible with those notions.
If you are going to vote for any Republican, which contrary to what this article has lead you to believe so far... I would like to. Actually, a fiscally conservative socially progressive Republican would be a breath of fresh air. Anyhow, you are going to vote for any Republican this 2012 the nom's should be either Jon Huntsman Jr. or Ron Paul.
Jon Huntsman Jr. first off has more experience with Foreign Policy than any other Republican presidential candidate, not to mention with us being financially owned by China, him working for the White House as the Ambassador to China isn't a bad attribute for his campaign to exude or his presidency if he is to gain it. China trusts him and they'll trust us. Same-sex marriage is the least of his concerns, and he endorses Civil Unions for same-sex couples, which is a start. He actually leans more towards the typical Republican voter on that subject than say someone like Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Perry. Jon Huntsman Jr.'s has three big hurdles to overcome to get the Presidential nomination. His work with the Obama administration being one of them, the fact that he's Mormon being another, and his acceptance of gay rights (though limited acceptance).
A BETTER CHOICE, would have to be RON PAUL, I've been wanting RON PAUL in office FOREVER!!!! You guys have no idea, his views are real, he's to the point, he's a realist not a selfish asshole. Here is a clips on his beliefs of gay marriage, if you would like to know more about RON PAUL visit his website www.RonPaul2012.com