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Impure Democracy November 5, 2009

Posted by Paige of Quarrel in two rights make a wrong, we're only gonna die.
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Exactly how many defeats will it take gay and lesbian groups to drop their marriage obsession and focus on other work?  Believe me, I get it.  It’s an injustice, it sucks. I’ve heard the arguments, but mostly the repeated losses make the gay and lesbian lobby look weak.  It’s no coincidence that Dick Durbin’s put the brakes on Harry Reid’s plans to reconsider Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in the Senate in 2010.  He’s making the smart political move by trying not to tie the Democratic party to the fate of the LGB lobby.

Each ballot loss is proof of concept for why we don’t govern by referendum.  Would Brown v. Board of Ed have passed at the polls in 1964?  How about an income tax, do you think voters would approve or reject that if they had the chance?  There’s also a good chance our laws would reflect that 2/3 of American adults believe in angels.

Only allowing referendums on laws regarding “morality” is a dirty trick.  But none of that changes the fact that repeatedly fighting these fights and losing is just bad politics.