Social conservatives took heart in the 2008 elections with bans on same-sex marriage approved in three states.
Baptist Press, which looks at national news through the interests of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest protestant denomination, has a detailed analysis today on where the battle over same-sex marriage will be centered now -- state legislatures.
Assistant editor Michael Foust, focuses on New York where three newly-elected Democrats say they may not even allow any gay marriage discussion to reach the state senate floor.
Foust's Election Digest cites comments from one of them, Ruben Diaz Sr. of the Bronx, who is also a Pentecostal minister, in the Washington Examiner.
... Where is it written that if you do not support gay marriage you are not a good Democrat? I have always been a Democrat. I remain a Democrat, and I will continue to be a Democrat. A Democrat who rejects gay marriage and abortion based upon my beliefs.
It appears that the battle over same-sex marriage will be trench warfare for the foreseeable future. And you won't be able to tell who is on what side by the party "uniform."
Do you think people who voted "straight ticket" for Democrats or Republicans knew what might happen? Or have party labels become like religious denominational brands -- diluted by people who don't know or don't care about the "platform," the doctrines, of the faith?
Do you have any beliefs that don't line up what people assume your "identity" is as a Democrat, Republican, Baptist, Catholic, Jew, Muslim, etc.?