I see amendments like these and think that it’s just a ploy by one party to get people to the polls (“Don’t have an opinion about taxes? How about gays?”). But then, in a tight race where Corker is currently winning with 53% and the amendment winning by over 80%, that tells me that a lot of Ford voters are voting YES, too. (Or does that mean that a lot of YES voters aren’t casting a vote for the senate at all?)
Considering that a vote for Ford is almost not even a vote for a Democrat, I can see where there’s little conflict with voting for Ford and voting Yes for Amendment 1. And I suppose it’s not a given that Democrats are going to be supportive of gay rights anyway (don’t ask, don’t tell!) and some conservatives have been making some good arguments against 1, like this amusing but logical-in-its-conservatism argument:
Constitutional Amendment #1: No. I make it a point not to care what other people do with their lives, as long as it doesn’t affect me. The gays getting married, though I believe inadvisable, isn’t my business. If your answer in this debate is to amend the state constitution to prevent the possibility of such a union, you should think about what that means. Rather than limiting the power of government over our lives, you are expanding it. What could be more Communist than that?
Defense against threats–real or preceived–has won many elections for the Republicans, and so I guess they’re sticking to the “defense” guns on the marriage amendment as well. Even though it’s among the weaker arguments the Vote Yes camp can offer.
And even with all that sound reasoning, it looks like Amendment 1 will pass. Oh, Tennessee, I’m disappointed in us.