When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

27 October 2006

And now, October Surprise flambée...

...courtesy of the New Jersey Supreme Court, who, all by their lonesomes, just revived the gay marriage issue and *may* have handed the Religious Right the precise issue and hook that they desperately need to revitalize The Base and get out the vote.

The New Jersey court decision that gay couples are entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples was bad news for social conservatives -- the bad news they were hoping for.

"Pro-traditional-marriage organizations ought to give a distinguished service award to the New Jersey Supreme Court," said the Rev. Richard Land, head of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Land and other conservative religious leaders predicted that the court's 4 to 3 ruling, which was handed down Wednesday, would boost turnout of social conservatives in the midterm elections, particularly in the eight states that have constitutional amendments against same-sex marriage on the Nov. 7 ballot.

"I have to think there are Democratic strategists out there thinking the words of the old Japanese admiral: 'I fear all we've done is wake a sleeping giant,' " said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a Washington-based advocacy group. "They were coasting into an election with a Republican base with dampened enthusiasm. This brings it all back home to the base, what this election is about."

Religious Conservatives Cheer Ruling on Gays as Wake-Up Call (Washington Post, October 27, 2006)

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