Good heavens... we'd all be better off if possible 2014 Democratic candidate for governor Craig Ford still preferred to give speeches from the anonymity of a secure, undisclosed location. Anything beats having the Alabama House Minority Leader purporting to speak for "Alabama Democrats" in defense of discrimination.
Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden, the leading Democrat in the House, said in a statement, “In my opinion, Alabama Democrats do not support the concept of gay marriage.
“While tolerance and protection of individual rights is central to what we believe, Alabama Democrats do not support the government sanction of same-sex unions.”
Well, Rep. Ford ... it sounds then like you're saying that you think "Alabama Democrats" do NOT support "tolerance and protection of individual rights," doesn't it? And if that's true, I don't think we should issue public statements bragging about it.
That kind of hearkens back to previous positions of the Alabama Democratic Party ... a sorry episode that we all hoped had been left behind - or at least we hoped it had been transferred to the Alabama Republican Party & their cadre of opportunistic Dixiecrat party switchers. Let's remember that Rep. Ford voted for Scott Beason's immigration bill, so I'm really not willing to look to him for guidance on civil rights issues.
As Mooncat noted last year:
There is far more than a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, but it doesn't show when Democrats put forth spineless, accomodating candidates. In a race between Republican and Republican-lite, don't you think most people will just vote for the authentic Republican? Alabama needs a real choice in 2014 and we need to field a Democrat brave enough to stand up for working people vs. the Republican puppet we have now.
From what I've seen of Rep. Ford in the past, it's impossible for me to judge whether he's expressing his personal belief or saying what he thinks voters want to hear. And I don't really care because the effect is the same - he's supporting discrimination.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his "Letter From the Birmingham Jail:"
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Lest there be any question on this topic, let me be clear. On this issue (and on immigration), Craig Ford speaks for himself. He does not speak for me and I'm an Alabama Democrat.
It may make me unpopular with some in my extended family, with some "leaders" in the Alabama Democratic Party, or within the state as a whole. Too damn bad. Wherever I stand on other issues, when it comes to this... I stand with my friends - in favor of marriage equality.
How about you?