GOP running for closet on gay issues
|By Kyle Melinn|
The Republican chairwoman in Kent County found herself a hole to crawl into last week after she uninvited Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman for a speaking engagement. Her presumed reasoning? Huntsman supports civil unions.
Huntsman doesn’t support gay marriage, mind you. But since his stance wasn’t a complete blackballing of gay men and lesbians, it wasn’t good enough for Kent County’s Joanne Voorhees, a former state representative from the city of Wyoming. In her e-mail to county GOP members, she wrote that “voters want and expect us to stand on principle and return to our roots.”
The state’s high-ranking officials couldn’t buy enough brooms to sweep this Voorhees story under the rug. While a rightfully embarrassed Ron Weiser, new chairman of the state GOP, hurriedly reinvited Huntsman back to Michigan for a couple of state party gatherings, Voorhees walked into a magician’s closet and disappeared, refusing to return reporters’ telephone calls.
Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land also picked up the ball and punted it when asked directly about Voorhees’ “return to the roots.”
The days of George W. Bush and the Republicans’ selling 60 percent of Michigan on this sci-fi argument that our society would crumble if we didn’t preserve the “sanctity of a one-man, one-woman marriage” is disappearing. Only the spacecadet conservatives aren’t seeing it.
In fact, a white paper put out by MDJ&R Strategy Consultants shortly after the Republicans’ continued implosion in 2008 states that unless Michigan Republicans change their message, they’re not on track to win anything in 2010.
Who wrote the report? A former chief of staff for state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, a Republican, who had a part-time gig with the Senate GOP until the MIRS newsletter made this report public a couple weeks ago.
The author, Dennis Darnoi, was conveniently phased out of a job amid the state budget crunch.
The average folk have more pressing things to worry about right now than to follow the super-religious ideologues’ strange fascination with this bedroom issue.
A recent CNN poll bears this out, with 58 percent of Americans 18 to 34 supporting gay marriage . . . not just civil unions, gay marriage.