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Tolerance and the Gay Marriage Debate by Gregory Hilton

For the past two days I have been harshly criticized by prominent attorney Rebecca Mocciaro of the Farmer & Ridley law firm and Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial campaign. She has an impressive academic background and is best known for her advocacy of gay marriage.
It is difficult to reprint her arguments because they contain many expletives. Rebecca says the “GOP is the party of hate and pointing fingers.” She accuses me of being a “bigot and a hater,” a “sad little man” as well as a “closet person.” She has told me to “Shut The F–k Up” and says Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is a “whore.”
Her views are not important but what is significant is the intolerance of so many people on the left. Every 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, except Dennis Kucinich, believes marriage is between a man and a woman. This includes President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter.
Obama says “I’m a Christian. I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.” The difference is that when Obama believes it, it’s not bigotry.
We saw this last year with the controversy surrounding Carrie Prejean, the First Runner Up in the Miss USA contest. Gossip columnist Perez Hilton, one of the judges, said “She is a dumb bitch and has half a brain.” He went on to say it was his intention to storm the stage and rip off her tiara if the then Miss California had won. He gave her a zero based on her answer, and his action cost her the title.
The following Facebook groups were created immediately after the Miss USA contest. 1) “Carrie Prejean is a sad, pitiful homophobe. Poor thing.” 2) “I Cannot Condone the Views of Miss California, Carrie Prejean” 3) “Carrie Prejean why aren’t your 15 minutes up yet!!” 4) “Carrie Prejean is wrong — real beauty is more than just skin deep.” They have photos of her with an X over her face the word “UGLY” is superimposed.
This experience is further evidence of the left reacting with vitriolic anger and hatred. They pretend to be compassionate and advocates of peaceful understanding, but they are the first to attack when their beliefs are questioned. Prime examples are Jeanine Garafalo and Keith Olberman who claim Tea Party participants are racist rednecks.
Very few House Republicans advocate gay marriage, but numerous lawmakers support civil unions as an alternative. I did not hear any lawmaker defend Focus on the Family recently. Their founder, James Dobson, said, “Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth.” My guess is that the “destroy the earth” rhetoric will not be heard this year.
The Defense of Marriage Act was signed by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996. It says “The federal government defines marriage as a legal union exclusively between one man and one woman.” The bill was passed by a vote of 85-14 in the Senate, and 342-67 in the House. George W. Bush had nothing to do with it.
Clinton used this legislation to advance his 1996 re-election, did not mention it in his memoirs, and has now changed his position. I have not heard any lawmaker advocating discrimination or the denial of civil rights to homosexuals.
In fact, they say just the opposite in supporting civil unions with legal protections. Presidents Obama and Carter do not support gay marriage but they are not against civil rights. The Congress has said we should not completely redefine what the institution of marriage is and has been for all of mankind just to appease the gay community. America did have slavery and women were denied the right to vote but there is nothing stopping homosexuals from living together in a committed relationship.
Advocates of gay marriage claim gay couples need marriage in order to have hospital visitation and inheritance rights, but they can easily obtain these rights by writing a living will and having each partner designate the other as trustee and heir. There is nothing stopping gay couples from signing a joint lease or owning a house jointly, as many single straight people do with roommates.

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The Social Conservatives vs. the Regular Republicans: The Battle for Iowa Has National Implications by Gregory Hilton

Because of its first in the nation presidential precinct caucuses, Iowa is often at the center stage of American politics. Statewide candidates are frequently linked to presidential contenders, and this year will be no different. A crucial battle is now being waged between social conservatives and regular Republicans, and it will culminate in the June 8th gubernatorial primary. Continue reading