Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Gay marriage

The gay marriage exchange was perhaps one of the most expectation-defying of the whole lot. Edwards, who, though loved in the gay community, does not have a stellar record on the issue (not only opposes gay marriage, but unclear on civil unions, supporting undefined "domestic partnership" benefits), riffed for a few minutes on a topic that is not his strongest, and then, in a way that made your blogstress squirm, applauded the vice president and his wife for "embracing" their "gay daughter".

Having already acknowledged his belief, in opposition to the president's advocacy of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, that the definition of marriage should be left up the states, Cheney used his rebuttal time to thank Edwards, in very few seconds, for his kind words about his daughter. Great tactic.

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