Greg Abbott's Theocracy vs. Jed Bartlet's Democracy
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott restated his opposition to gay marriage by rejecting the American principle of democracy and announcing his support, instead, for a theocratic government of which God is the head of the state. From the Austin American-Statesman:
Some people forget that marriage is not man-made law. Marriage is God’s law that man applied and adopted here in Texas and the United States, and man cannot rewrite God’s law.
Couples who make a commitment to care for each other for a lifetime should be treated equally under the law. Marriage is about committed couples taking responsibility for each other and their families for a lifetime. If a couple makes a lifetime commitment to love and take care of each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to be married.
A recent CBS News poll found that 53% of Americans support same-sex marriage. In Texas, more people support same-sex marriage than oppose it. If you want a good overview of the two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court - Proposition 8 and DOMA - you should look at this simple, excellent flow-chart from the New York Times.
And if you want to hear the best rebuttal to Abbott that's out there, we invite you to watch this excellent clip from the West Wing: