AlphaTrigger saidWell, Bob... how then should our priorities be ordered?
And yes, I do believe that equal marriage rights are something that should be discussed as a constitutional matter.
Yet when *our* Republic is teetering on the edge of becoming a failed state due to disastrous fiscal and foreign policy perpetrated by morons embedded on both sides of the aisle by short-sighted voters kept distracted by wagging tails and waging tongues, corporatist and unionist manipulation, and rampant misinformation... then yes, our particular issue that effects at most a tiny sliver of Americans (about 5% as a liberal ballpark) will need to temporarily take a back seat to things like...
I don't know...
... things like actually passing a budget instead of punting with continuing resolutions?
Or passing legislation that could address raising the debt ceiling?
Or drawing down our forces deployed overseas... energy policies... these things affect all 400 million Americans.
You could have made the same arguments 50 years ago, about Black Civil Rights. We were in the middle of the Cold War, the Cuba Missile Crisis, the beginning of the Vietnam War. I was there for all of that, and remember it. What was the priority then?
So now we can't have Gay Civil Rights, because we have a new set of priorities? A country as great as the United States can't multi-task? We can't do 2 things at once? How do gay civil rights hinder economic recovery? There are studies suggesting it will HELP the economy.
And how come, when the economy was tanking, the Republican House of Representatives and State Legislatures around the country made *their* priority nothing but conservative social issues from Day One of their majority, and not fixing the economy? If Republicans think their conservative social issues trump economic issues during an economic downturn, can't I do the same with my gay issues?
Oh, and BTW, last figures I saw say the US population is 315,584,926, not 400 million as you claim. That's an error of roughly 85,000,000. Try to get your facts straight. Otherwise you lose credibility.http://www.census.gov/#