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Republicans are Having their Women do the Dirty Work
May 15, 2006, 4:26 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian, Mary Cheney, politics

First Mary Cheney. Now Laura Bush. The Republicans are gearing up for the fall elections by sending their women to press to help soften the nasty, mean-spirited, un-Christian reputation the Republican Party has earned a la Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and the gang.

As Margaret Cho noted, even the Satanists are put off by the bullying ugliness of the Republican Party’s stand on gay marriage, saying “gee, you guys are like totally mean!”

The solution: send in the girls. That way the men folk don’t appear is if they are (drum roll please) “flip-flopping” on the issue of gay marriage.

Today’s AP Story:

First lady: Avoid gay marriage as ‘a campaign tool.’ She calls for a sensitive debate on proposed ban instead of using it to rally the GOP.”

The first lady told Fox News Sunday that she thinks the American people want a debate on the issue. But, she said, “I don’t think it should be used as a campaign tool, obviously.”

“It requires a lot of sensitivity to just talk about the issue — a lot of sensitivity,” she said.

Early next month, the Senate will debate legislation that would have the Constitution define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, Majority Leader Bill Frist said on CNN’s Late Edition.

President Bush supports the amendment, but Vice President Dick Cheney does not. Cheney’s daughter, Mary, is a lesbian and has been speaking out against the marriage amendment.

Mary Cheney wrote that she almost quit working on the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004 because of Bush’s position on gay marriage. Asked Sunday about reports that White House political adviser Karl Rove and other Republicans want to use the issue to mobilize conservatives for the midterm election, she said on Fox that she hoped “no one would think about trying to amend the Constitution as a political strategy.”

“I certainly don’t know what conversations have gone on between Karl and anybody up on the Hill. But you know, what I can say is look, amending the Constitution with this amendment, this piece of legislation, is a bad piece of legislation. It is writing discrimination into the Constitution, and, as I say, it is fundamentally wrong.”

But Frist said he would defend the amendment even to Dick Cheney. “I basically say, Mr. Vice President, right now marriage is under attack in this country,” Frist said on CNN.

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