Reactions from various friends and foes to Tuesday’s victory (and a few political scraps from before):
- “Gay marriage: Republicans should move on” [Jennifer Rubin, WaPo] “Time to Separate Conservatism from Religion — And Fast” [Jeremy Kolassa] “Why should we sign a suicide pact with the National Organization for Marriage?” Steve Schmidt on GOP prospects] Time to be the party of individual freedom once more [Joseph Curl]
- Overwrought much? “It will soon be illegal to oppose same-sex marriage, even for Christians.” [Mark Judge, Daily Caller] Not very Republican of them: NOM’s “out there trying to spin Democrats taking control of New York state senate as some sort of face-saving win” [Slog] By contrast, the Southern Baptists’ Albert Mohler manages to avoid the delusion and the spin: “An increasingly secularized America understands our positions, and has rejected them.” [NYT]
- At premier conservative blog Red Maryland, some contributors favored Question 6 including blogger Richard Vatz as well as well-known strategist Brian Griffiths;
- Implications for the Maryland GOP: the petition strategy championed by Del. Neil Parrott (R-Washington County) and famously anti-gay MD-GOP chairman Alex Mooney fell flat on its face [Richard Cross] Say good-night, Alex [Red Maryland]
- Left-right alliances are powerful devices in pot-law reform. Why don’t we see them more on same-sex marriage? [Steve Miller, Independent Gay Forum, who also has kind praise for my work on the issue in Maryland] What comes next in the long advance of gay marriage? Gradualism, federalism and the free market, argues Jay Michaelson [Salon]
- You know what kind of music we could hear playing last Tuesday? The “Schubert’s Finished” Symphony.