A White House/gay boycott and the abolition of marriage: Will Jill Biden go out with me?
It was December of 1992.
And the New York Times was furious.
In the November election that had occurred a month earlier, while most Americans were fixated on the presidential race between President George H.W. Bush, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and businessman Ross Perot, in Colorado something else was going on.
That something else was known as Amendment 2.
On election day, by a margin of 100,000 votes, Coloradans, in the words of the Chicago Tribune: “amended their constitution to outlaw ordinances in Denver, Boulder and Aspen that banned discrimination in hiring and housing on the basis of sexual orientation.”
Gay rights groups were apoplectic. Barbra Streisand vowed a celebrity boycott — no small threat in Colorado ski havens like Aspen where stars like Cher, Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, and other Hollywood power names vacationed. The Times was frothing. So there was a decision to strike back at Colorado. Fumed the Times in a December 21st editorial titled “The Case for the Colorado Boycott”:
Deciding where to go for a skiing vacation ordinarily poses no moral dilemma. But this winter it surely does. Colorado, site of some of the finest ski areas in the nation, adopted a bigoted anti-gay initiative last month, shattering the state’s reputation for tolerance. Gay groups and others are urging a boycott; their call deserves to be heeded.
So the obvious question.
On Tuesday North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage.
Within hours, leftist favorite Roseanne Barr was Twittering: “hollywood withdraw your productions from NC!”
But the biggest production of all scheduled for North Carolina isn’t a Hollywood movie. It’s the Democratic National Convention — which will re-nominate the Obama-Biden ticket.
Will gay rights activists demand the Obama White House move the Democrats’ 2012 convention? Now scheduled for September — in Charlotte, North Carolina. A mere five months away.
Will the New York Times demand the Democrats boycott North Carolina — a state on the Obama campaign’s “must carry” list in the November race against Governor Mitt Romney?
To add fuel to this political fire, President Obama was outed by no less than his own Vice President Joe Biden on the administration’s support for same-sex marriage. Biden took a hard-line position supporting gay marriage on Sunday — forcing the President to come out yesterday and tell ABC News that his own thinking on the issue had evolved and yes, he too was now wholeheartedly supporting same sex marriage.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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H/T to National Review Online