Maggie Gallagher

Voters in progressive states don't like gay marriage either.

Gay marriage advocates tried similar tactics in Wisconsin, a Democratic state with a progressive tradition; they failed miserably. Fifty-nine percent of Wisconsin voters supported a state marriage amendment that also bans civil unions.

But money speaks louder than votes.

The New York Daily News reports liberal Republican Sue Kelly's surprise upset loss came because one very rich gay man, unhappy with her vote on gay marriage, poured a half-million dollars into ads saying she was in bed with oil companies and pedophiles. "Filthy politics," her campaign consultant said. The really rich guy, Adam Rose? He proudly proclaimed, "The American system really works."

Overturning Roe. V. Wade may not be as scary as pro-choicers think.

Even in a state as pro-life as South Dakota, only 44 percent of voters supported a law banning all abortions except to save the mother's life. Democrats should be secretly hoping that Bush gets one more Supreme Court justice who will overturn Roe. The results will be that most states will vote to legalize abortion with some exceptions, and the GOP loses a big issue.


Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.