If there is an iron law in politics, it’s this: if you find yourself to the right of James Dobson on questions of gay rights, you’re a true right wing whacko. But believe it or not, Dobson is taking a ton of criticism from his fellow religious right leaders for not opposing a Colorado bill that would give just a bare minimum of protection to gay couples. And I mean bare minimum – the bill would allow any two adults not eligible to marry to register so they can visit the other person in the hospital, make medical decisions for them and transfer property without having to go through the process of getting an official power of attorney drawn up. Not exactly radical stuff.
But for hardcore anti-gay bigots like Paul Cameron, Dobson’s acceptance of this bill makes him an appeaser to the gay agenda. In point of fact, they both have the same agenda, however. Dobson’s support for this bill is designed not to help gay people but to take away an argument for gay marriage, as his spokesperson makes clear:
But Focus believes the “reciprocal-beneficiary” bill they support will address the issue of benefits separately from marriage.
“Homosexual activists in Colorado are strongly opposing this bill because they realize it will unmask their arguments for same-sex marriage,” said Peter Brandt, senior director of government and public policy, noting that critics of the bill include gay activists.
“With this common-sense alternative on the table, same-sex marriage proponents can no longer hide behind their ‘benefits’ argument.”
So in reality, this is all just politics. It’s just a strategic disagreement among anti-gay bigots over how best to avoid allowing gay couples to get married.