FinsburyPark wrote:I get your arguement, however, I disagree with the down-the-road implications.
Certainly this same gameplan has failed in the case of abortion rights, wouldn't you say? You are correct in the sense that some politicians do say, "I may not support abortion but it's the law of the land and I have to respect that," but his level of pragmatism is rare only rampent in the northeast and some places in the midwest and west.
The difference between abortion and gay marriage is that abortion is more of a grey-area issue than gay civil rights are, and people feel strongly about abortion. Everyone (well almost everyone) considers homosexuals people. Most people feel that ideally, everyone deserves to be treated equally under the law. Once gay marriage is defined as a civil rights issue it is only a matter of time before it becomes uncontroversial. This is because there is very little middle ground. There's basically the people who think gay relationships should be treated equally under the law and those who don't.
Abortion is totally different because there is so much gray area.
People who are against all abortion and contraception.
People who are against all abortion but not against contraception.
People who are against all abortion except in cases to save the mother's life as long as the fetus is only x days/months old.
People who are against all abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother's life.
People who support a women's right to choose no matter what.
The existance of the middle ground and the fact that most people's beliefs lie somewhere in that middle ground ensure that this issue will always be hugely controversial and a wedge issue for the forseable future. Gray area means that people have to think about it more and having to think about it more often and more deeply makes it more controversial.
Contrast that with gay marriage where once someone is basically convinced that its a civil rights issue, their thinking is done and they don't have to worry about it anymore, they just "know" its right (or wrong).
Also, I have a feeling that even though a lot of anti gay marriage people may think they feel deeply about it but don't, it's more of a knee-jerk reaction to their idea of gender roles. Gay marriage will shock and annoy these people but once it's legalized I can't see people spending much time or money fighting it.
And if they do, well every minute they waste protesting and every dollar they spending fighting it is time and money taken away from (what I consider to be) more important causes that they could be fighting against like affirmative action, social justice movements, and universal health care.