Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Another "Defender Of Marriage," Gov. Mark Sanford, Admits Extramarital Affair

Just days ago, Senator John Ensign of Nevada resigned from his leadership post with Senate Republicans for his extramarital affair. Now Governor Mark Sanford (left) of South Carolina, who had been missing for several days, resigned his chairmanship of the Republican Governor's Association for, yes, his extramarital affair:

[Sanford's] confession on Wednesday that he had been in Argentina with a woman not his wife — and not hiking the Appalachian Trial as his staff had said Monday — was another jolt of bad news for a party that has struggled to get off the ropes all year.

That it was the second such confession in little more than a week from a potential Republican presidential contender — Mr. Ensign had been exploring a run in 2012 as well — left party leaders dazed. They spent Wednesday alternating between gallows humor and yet another round of conversations about what the party stands for and who will give it its best shot to retake the White House.

What indeed does the Republican Party stand for? One similarity between Ensign and Sanford is in their "defense of marriage." Sanford is even opposed to gay civil unions, as he stated in On The Issues:

Q: Should South Carolina recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
A: No.
Q: Should South Carolina restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
A: Yes.

So marriage is "defended" by yet another Republican who violates its vows–a group that also includes Newt Gingrich, Mark Foley, Larry Craig and David Vitter. Each one can remarry, and each one does not want a faithful gay couple to enjoy equal marriage rights in his state.

Perhaps, though, I should look at it from the perspective of Sanford and his colleagues who strayed. Gay marriage is now legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Could it be that the spreading, negative influence of gay marriage is causing these upstanding conservatives to act against their values? The following video, "It's All Because (The Gays Are Getting Married)" suggests as much. Watch:

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