Maddow: Doomsday for Republicans Post-DOMA

Maddow: Doomsday for Republicans Post-DOMA

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Bill Phelps/Rachel Maddow
Bill Phelps/Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow is certain that the stubbornness of the Republican Party is going to come crashing down in the very near future, according to

“Republican politicians are about to lose the luxury of only talking about gay rights in front of anti-gay audiences like the Faith and Freedom Coalition, or avoiding the question altogether because they don’t want to be quoted about it because their Republican position on the subject is so unpopular,” Maddow said.

Maddow was referencing the Republican gathering at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington D.C. last weekend in which the crowd simply reaffirmed their opposition to any and all gay rights.

Maddow says their “refusal to liberalize on gay issues is about to be tested” with the upcoming Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which is up for a vote in the Senate and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the Supreme Court.

While Harry Reid just became the 50th sponsor of ENDA, it is 10 votes shy of breaking a GOP filibuster in the Senate. Though conservative Democrats and Independents have shown support for the bill, high-profile conservatives are speaking out against it (such as Sen. Marco Rubio who thinks it should be legal to fire someone for their sexual orientation). Even Rob Portman, who’s gay son made him change his views to favor same-sex marriage, won’t support ENDA.

“So he is okay for marriage rights for his son, but not for nondiscrimination?” Maddow asked. “‘I’m okay with you being forced out of your job, son, because of you who are, I just don’t want you to go through it alone? If you’re married, you can both be fired for being gay, together!’ How does that make sense?”

Maddow goes on to say, “Nobody who has any real prospects of being a national leader in Republican politics in the next few years has anything other than a 100% anti-gay policy position on something like nondiscrimination,” Maddow said. “That is apparently still a requirement if you are a Republican and you want to hold higher national office.”

Maddow said the Republican world is “a very different world than the rest of us are living, when it comes to The Gay,” and she is certain this anti-gay stance will crash down.

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“After these rulings come out, this is going to be the biggest news in the country,” Maddow said. “They’re going to have to talk to the rest of the country, too, increasingly not only against them on these issues but bewildered by them and their positions on these issues.”

Perhaps this really will be Doomsday for the GOP, like Maddow predicts.



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