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Courting the Gay Vote

From the November 1 / November 8, 2004 issue: What John Kerry told the Advocate.

Nov 1, 2004, Vol. 10, No. 08 • By FRANK CANNON and JEFFREY BELL
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The passage beginning "fair interpretation" is of course the signal: Kerry's Supreme Court appointees, he is saying, will have views similar to those that led the Massachusetts high court to mandate gay marriage in Kerry's home state earlier this year. This should be posted next to Kerry's "litmus test" for judges on upholding Roe v. Wade, affirmed by the senator under Bush's challenge in the third presidential debate on October 13. This would enable the second Roman Catholic president, John F. Kerry, to continue to hold as a personal view his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, just as he honors the church teaching that human life begins at conception, while at the same time blackballing any future judge who might vote against abortion or same-sex marriage as mandated constitutional law.

Even with a Bush victory on November 2, then, the revolutionary agenda of judicial elites is very far from being thwarted. A Kerry victory means that enactment of the judge-made marriage revolution is only a matter of time.

Jeffrey Bell and Frank Cannon are principals of Capital City Partners, a Washington consulting firm.