. . . this is going to rip two key Democrat constituencies apart from each other. I know I've predicted this before; well, it's coming down. Keeping these two different but essential constituencies together over this "summer of love" - John Kerry, that's your mission, should you choose to accept it.
"To equate a lifestyle choice to racism demeans the work of the entire civil rights movement," the statement said. "People are free in our nation to pursue relationships as they choose. To redefine marriage, however, to suit the preference of those choosing alternative lifestyles is wrong." . . .
But the Rev. Paul Turner, a gay pastor from Atlanta who helped organize a pro-gay marriage rally last month outside the Georgia Capitol, disagreed: "How do they figure that it's not a civil rights issue?"
"This is just a way for those conservative leadership in the black community to say, 'Look, this isn't a matter of civil rights because we're black and we didn't have a choice in being black.' And they think gays do, and that's not true," Turner said.
Meee-yow. Who will win the victim-stakes? Stay tuned. It'll be a long year yet.