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  •  Not quite... (11+ / 0-)

    I wouldn't say it made it safe for Dems to endorse equality, it made it necessary for them to do so.

    Not doing so makes you look like you're further right than the Republican.  Given the choice between a fake Democratic candidate or a real Republican, people tend to vote for the real Republican.

    I don't think it's coincidental that this comes out just as even Fox news can't spin American opinion on marriage as anything worse than parity.  Everybody else says it's now a majority opinion (except, apparently, in the Supreme Court).

    (-6.38, -7.03) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

    by Lonely Liberal in PA on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:23:11 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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      Yes, you said what I couldn't quite put into words.

      I wouldn't say it made it safe for Dems to endorse equality, it made it necessary for them to do so.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:32:53 AM PDT

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      •  Whether it's necessary or even safe depends (0+ / 0-)

        on a Democrat's constituency.  The best Democrats can hope for from Dem's who represent red states and districts  is for them to keep their mouths shut.  I doubt they will face a congressional vote on the marriage equality issue anytime soon.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:20:12 AM PDT

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