Hedonism trumps reason in Republic’s editorial
Casting about for someone to blame for the for the high level of support for Proposition 102, the Marriage Amendment, the daily editorializes with fervor.
The newspaper has been reliably pro same-sex unions, with the intensity growing since Randy Lovely assumed the duties of Managing Editor and VP of News, as the only openly gay chief of a major U.S. newspaper. When he relocated to Phoenix with his “partner,” the news was heralded by the industry.
Today’s lone and rambling editorial calls the Marriage Amendment, “a needless distraction” that “voters should reject.” It tears into Secretary of State Jan Brewer for the ballot wording and raises the canard about the divorce rate among heterosexuals, throwing in poverty and fathers who don’t parent, for good measure.
To further make its point against the amendment, the newspaper refers to “the clouds of prejudice and ignorance,” which they declare are being dispelled by personal relationships with homosexuals.
The Republic counsels its dwindling readership to “get beyond the acrimony,” yet neglects to mention the important, positive value of a married mother and father on children.
Proposition 102 contains only 20 words, easily understood and classic in its simplicity. Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. Regardless of the AZ Republic’s protestations to the contrary, these few words are a necessary protection against a future liberal legislature or an activist judge, legislating from the bench. In states where the amendment has appeared on the ballot, the measure has passed by wide margins.