Well, it is over.
Nearly twenty years after Pat Buchanan’s infamous “Culture War” speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, the final battle of his brainchild has been fought.
Needless to say, his side lost. Badly.
With San Francisco District Judge Vaughn Walker’s outlawing of California’s Proposition 8 — which banned same-sex marriage — on the basis that it “fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license”, it is doubtless that other judges will follow suit in their respective districts. Though it is hard to admit, in the not-too-distant future, same-sex marriage will be legal on a national basis, and that will be that.
It is probably very apparent that Judge Walker’s ruling leaves me feeling mildly disappointed. I have never been enthusiastic about the idea of same-sex marriage — although, unlike many of my right-leaning contemporaries, I certainly do not feel threatened by it on a personal level — due to the fact that marriage has been recognized as a sacred union between a man and a woman since, oh, say, the beginning of remotely civilized society. Nonetheless, there is a silver lining to Walker’s decision, in my opinion, due to the fact that it came at an extremely convenient time for the GOP. As America sits on the cusp of the post-Labor Day “home stretch” of its midterm election campaigns, last week’s turn of events should be treated in a cautionary manner by center-right politicos.
Because, now, the “God, Guns, and Gays” trifecta will be electoral suicide — at least the “Gays” portion of it, anyhow. It would be wise for GOP politicians to use Proposition 8′s ouster as a catalyst for focusing on what really matters: fiscal and national security issues. Going the Gary Bauer route will do one thing and one thing only for the Party — turn what might be an epic landslide victory come November into an unexpected comeback for the Democrats.
With America’s unemployment rate at nearly ten percent, that is something our country simply cannot afford.