Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) comes out in favor of same-sex marriage.
Feingold said in an interview that he was motivated to state his position on one of the most divisive social issues in the country after being asked at a town hall meeting Sunday about a pending amendment to the Wisconsin state constitution to ban same-sex marriages.
Feingold called the amendment “a mean-spirited attempt” to single out gay men and lesbians for discrimination and said he would vote against it. But he went further, announcing that he favors legalizing same-sex marriages.
“Obviously, it’s a very difficult issue and evokes a lot of emotions,” Feingold said in a telephone interview yesterday. “I think it’s something ultimately that people throughout the country will accept, but it’s not an easy issue.” He accused the Bush White House and the Republican Party of using same-sex marriage as a wedge issue “to hurt Democrats who are against discrimination.”
You can be sure that he’s going to be attacked by the righties as a radical and a wild-eyed queer-loving liberal just for supporting the idea of gay marriage. He’s right; it is a very difficult issue in the political climate of today thanks to the intolerance and bigotry against the gay community that’s passed along as “traditional family values” by the GOP and the Religious Reich. I’m sure it will make his presidential prospects that much more difficult because he’s actually taking a stand in favor of a basic human right.