|JezUK Ltd - The Coffee Grounds Colonial Correspondent writes from Cleveland, Ohio|
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I recently learnt that a colleague of my wife's didn't like George Bush. She didn't believe in the war in Iraq and she was unhappy with the President's domestic policies. She thought Sen. John Kerry was a better man and had better policies. So who is she going to vote for... George Bush. Why? Because George will seek a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The real irony is that this is a black woman.
The tragedy is that John Kerry doesn't support gay marriage, but this ladies preacher has her convinced that anything short of a constitutional ban will result in gay marriage being legalised and that her church will be forced to perform gay marriages or be destroyed. It isn't true. Nobody can force a preacher to marry them, gay or straight.
This is the land in which I live. Where Karl Rove plays the fundamental Christian right like saloon bar piano.
The truth is, that if George is re-elected, the issue of gay marriage will disappear... until the next election.
God bless America
And God help the rest of us.
Brain scanners can probe your politics
Scientists are using brain-scan technology to study what makes a Republican's mind different from a Democrat's.
Further "Moral Issues" is pretty much code for opposition to Gay rights and abortion. These are such dividing issues that the lines (for and against) were drawn very quickly with little room for discussion and reason.
My point is a country, especially one as large, diverse and globally significant as the US, should have it's leaders selected by a population that has considered all of the issues. That didn't happen. In truth it rarely ever does but that's the price you pay for a democracy.