Earlier this week, AP's Andrew DeMillo had an interesting interview with Democratic atty. gen. candidate Dustin McDaniel in which he reiterated opposition to same-sex marriage but indicated support for civil unions, as a means to provide legal protection for unmarried couples. Refreshing words. The story cycled off the websites in Arkansas that carry AP too quickly for me to link. But Doug Thompson of Stephens Media followed up yesterday. Gunner DeLay promises to demagogue this humane idea today (and probably every day until election day). Every poll we've seen, by the way, including in Arkansas, indicates a majority open to civil unions, but not "marriage."
The D-G also followed up on this and, in their account, McDaniel appears to be parsing carefully now on just what it is he supports. The D-G reminds him that the state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage also likely bans civil unions as a legal matter.
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UPDATE: The expected DeLay fulmination is on the jump.
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DeLay stated, “McDaniel finally showed us his true colors by being the only statewide candidate to openly support civil unions for homosexuals. It’s good to see him come out of the closet and reveal to the voters of
DeLay said he knew McDaniel was hiding something when he refused to answer the Family Council candidate questionnaire. “Those questions are real easy to answer if you have traditional family values,” DeLay said. “The fact that he did not send in a response definitely sent up a red flag. It is obvious that he embraces the same philosophies as Howard Dean.”
“It is obvious that Dustin is way out of step with the voters of