Republicans lost the chance to gain control of the Senate thanks to multiple ethical and logical mistakes, and now, as a direct result of that botch, Senate Majority Leaders Present and Future Chuck Schumer has announced that he will try to cement same-sex marriage into federal law. In July the House passed the Respect for Marriage Act, but the Senate delayed its vote on the bill until after the midterm elections. I’m sure, having a significant proportion of Neanderthals in their midst and being hell-bent on self destruction, the GOP was preparing to bury the bill once they had a majority, or filibuster it if they did not.
Morons. The hints in Clarence Thomas’s outlier concurrence in Dobbs that reversing the SCOTUS decisions declaring birth control and same-sex marriage as guaranteed rights may have cost Republicans more votes than reversing Roe v. Wade. Unlike abortion, which involves killing human beings (the question is “how human”), same sex marriage raises no such substantive ethical issues. Some religions oppose it: swell, they can refuse to allow it in their flocks. It is a down-the-metaphorical-middle-of-the -alley example of the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and the vast majority of Americans accept it as one of those ancient taboos that made sense once but does no longer.
This should be an easy one, both ethically and politically. If the Republican Party wants to be seen by Americans as hopelessly out of touch with reality and under the thumb of theocrats (like Mike Huckabee and Mike Pence) fighting this lost cause is a great way to do it. If they do that, the GOP will be handicapping itself in far, far more important battles that it is obligated to fight and win for the good of the nation.
We’ll know just how stupid and irresponsible the party is, and how flat its learning curve is too, when we see how many Republicans have the sense to to make the Respect for Marriage Act a genuinely bi-partisan law.