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How do Republicans still oppose marriage equality?

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Imagine living in a country where you have Senators who “probably will” support a bill codifying marriage equality, and yet more who will oppose it.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would codify marriage equality. It now goes to the Senate, which will requite 60 votes to break the filibuster… So it can actually be brought up for a vote. (It makes sense, if you don’t think about it.)

Yet, with a 50/50 split of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, it’s an open question as to if the bill will pass.

It’s a simple question that doesn’t require much thought.

One of my state’s Senators, Todd Young (a Republican) dodged the question when asked, claiming he hadn’t seen the bill yet. The same can be said for John Thune (a Republican from South Dakota).

Senator Tom Tillis (Republican, from North Carolina) said he “probably will” support the legislation. So he “probably” supports the basic human right of people to get married. Neat.

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Like… How is marriage equality even an open question?

Sure, the bill passed the House 267-157, but all 157 “no” votes were Republicans.

We read about things like the 18th Amendment happening about 100 years ago and think “haha, that’s cute, what a bunch of simpletons.” But opposing marriage equality is at least an order (or two or six) dumber. We know this now, and we know this will still be true 100 years from now.

Opposing this is *literally* an appeal to bigots. There is no other valid explanation. Especially so, when you consider the fact that folks like Lady G oppose it (he’s previously compared marriage equality to polygamy).

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This all goes back to the question I have that no Republican seems capable of answering – what does the Republican party stand for? What are their beliefs? What are their values?

Other than tax breaks for the ultra-rich (like they did under Trump) or killing Medicare and Social Security (this is seriously what they’re advertising as their 2023 platform agenda, you can’t make this stuff up), what legislation do they want to pass?

Written by Dan Broadbent

Science Enthusiast. Atheist. Lover of cats.




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