Earlier this week, former National Organization for Marriage president Maggie Gallagher issued a report card on the various GOP candidates’ responses to the Supreme Court’s historic gay marriage ruling.
Specifically, Gallagher graded the candidates using three criteria:
- Clearly explain that marriage is only one man and one woman and is “tradition” and best for children/common good
- Clearly state that the Supreme Court’s decision is not the end of the debate (a la Roe v. Wade)
- Offer specific legislative proposals to fight same-sex marriage and protect gay marriage dissenters.
Gallagher then grouped the candidates into three categories: the “A Team,” the Gentlemen’s Cs and Ds,” and the “F-Troop.”
No surprise Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum made the (dis)honor role, but looking closely you might be surprised to see retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson receive an F.
I am as surprised as you are by this grade and by how poorly Carson responded to this historic overturning of our marriage laws. He practically rushed to throw in the towel: “While I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, their ruling is now the law of the land,” he said. He reiterated his commitment to civil unions and said we should fight for religious liberty. But apparently not very publicly and not with any specific suggestions on how to protect gay marriage dissenters.
More on the specifics of the report card can be found at Gallagher’s post here (you may not want to give her the web traffic though).