Why is this a story?

Posted: July 13, 2010 by datechguy in media, opinion/news, tea parties
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I found this Washington Post story at Memeorandum odd:

While many conservative organizations immediately decried a federal judge’s decision last week to invalidate the federal ban on recognizing gay marriages, tea party groups have been conspicuously silent on the issue.

Conspicuously silent? Why would the Tea Party as an organization have anything to do with a Gay Marriage any more than the ASPCA, the Sierra Club, or the American Dairy Association would? Why is an organization whose focus and purpose is fiscal reform care?

Short answer: It wouldn’t. But the goal of the media is to break up tea party support. So lets go for it!

The large tea party-affiliated organizations, including FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Nation, declined to comment on Tauro’s ruling because of their groups’ fiscal focus. “That’s just not something that’s on our radar,” said Judson Phillips, founder of the Tea Party Nation. He acknowledged, however, that some in his group — though not a majority — are opposed to the Defense of Marriage Act.

Opps bad luck Washington Post, no doughnuts for you.

Now individual members like myself might oppose gay marriage in general and that ruling in particular but I would no more expect the tea parties to worry about that than I would the Sable Baseball league.

  1. dissident says:

    They are trying to perpetuate the myth that the tea party is the opposite of all the Democratic party is, including Black people, when it is of course, the opposite of fiscal insanity.

  2. Billy says:

    The tea party presents itself as an actual policitcal party, not just an interest group backing certain candidates (e.g. Sierra Club and American Dairy Association). As such, it seems perfectly reasonable for the media to solicit the party’s views on other issues outside the main focus of smaller federal government/ lower taxes/ reduced deficits.

    The media hardly had to stretch far to make the connection between the tea party and this issue. Can you identify a tea party-backed candidate that is not a social conservative? Asking the tea party about this issue hardly reflects a goal to “break up the tea party” unless you think that the majority of Americans oppose DOMA.

  3. Roxeanne de Luca says:

    Actually, someone from a paper called me up to get my opinion on the ruling. I guess it was a “Tenth Amendment = conservative; gay marriage = liberal, therefore, some horrible problem for Tea Partiers” logic.