Rich Galen

  • The New Jersey Supreme Court - those same judicial geniuses who decided that a legislatively mandated deadline to get Robert Torricelli's name off the ballot in the 2002 mid-term election was really just a suggestion - has decided that same-sex marriages may be constitutionally permitted in the Garden State.
  • On MSNBC yesterday morning, I made this approximate case:
  • If I were a Republican candidate for Congress I would immediately change my campaign to reflect the New Jersey decision.

    I would say, "Connect the dots:

    If the Democrats win control of the House, Nancy Pelosi will be the Speaker.

    Nancy Pelosi is from where? San Francisco.

    San Francisco is known for what? Two things: A song by Tony Bennett and being ground zero for Gay rights.

    If you want Sister Boom-Boom to be the Clerk of the House, vote for the Democrat."

  • I know I will be accused of gay-bashing, but I am not. I am looking at this from a purely political standpoint.
  • I understand homosexuality exists and denying that is foolhardy. If we want to reduce the effects of HIV/AIDS on society, fostering long-term relationships - even homosexual relationships - would be one very good way to do it.
  • According to the National Conference of State Legislatures,
  • "Forty-one states currently have statutory Defense of Marriage Acts. Twenty of those states have defined marriage in their constitutions. Eight states have a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2006."

  • According to the NCSL the gradations are:
  • - Issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples: Massachusetts

    - Allows civil unions, providing state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples: Connecticut, Vermont

    - Statewide law provides nearly all state-level spousal rights to unmarried couples: California

    - Statewide law provides some state-level spousal rights to unmarried couples: Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, District of Columbia

  • By the way, the six states which have constitutional Defense of Marriage amendments on their ballots a week from Tuesday are:
  • Idaho

    South Carolina

    South Dakota






    Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at