Comments on: Tom Carper Latest Senate Dem for Same-Sex Marriage http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/tom-carper-latest-senate-dem-for-same-sex-marriage/ The latest Politics news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers including Jake Tapper, George Stephanopoulos and more. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:31:01 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: Mark P. Kessinger http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/tom-carper-latest-senate-dem-for-same-sex-marriage/#comment-31865726 Mark P. Kessinger Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:55:18 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=841908#comment-31865726 @SSReaney writes: <blockquote>"I though these guys were supposed to represent the people? If the majority of the voters are not in favor of same-sex marriage, why do they take the stance as they do?"</blockquote> Another Civics 101 flunky heard from. First, most polls show that a majority of Americans do favor marriage equality. Second, civil rights are not supposed to be subject to majority whim in any case. Third, "representation," in a republic, does not mean an elected representative is obligated in every instance to vote the way the majority of his constituents thinks he should vote. An elected representative is supposed to represent his constituents' INTERESTS, not necessarily their opinions on any and every issue. Many have concluded that heterosexuals really have no legitimate interest in denying the civil right of marriage to gay people, even though they may indeed have strong opinions against it. That is called "leadership," and it's what our elected representatives are supposed to do. If you disapprove of what a representative does over the course of his or her term, then you have the option to vote for someone else at the next election. Now, may I recommend enrolling in a Civics course at your local community college? @SSReaney writes:

“I though these guys were supposed to represent the people? If the majority of the voters are not in favor of same-sex marriage, why do they take the stance as they do?”

Another Civics 101 flunky heard from.

First, most polls show that a majority of Americans do favor marriage equality.

Second, civil rights are not supposed to be subject to majority whim in any case.

Third, “representation,” in a republic, does not mean an elected representative is obligated in every instance to vote the way the majority of his constituents thinks he should vote. An elected representative is supposed to represent his constituents’ INTERESTS, not necessarily their opinions on any and every issue. Many have concluded that heterosexuals really have no legitimate interest in denying the civil right of marriage to gay people, even though they may indeed have strong opinions against it. That is called “leadership,” and it’s what our elected representatives are supposed to do. If you disapprove of what a representative does over the course of his or her term, then you have the option to vote for someone else at the next election.

Now, may I recommend enrolling in a Civics course at your local community college?

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By: MyTakeOnThis61 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/tom-carper-latest-senate-dem-for-same-sex-marriage/#comment-31862191 MyTakeOnThis61 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:38:01 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=841908#comment-31862191 I find it amazing that everyone had this miraculous conversion AFTER last Novembers election. Posted by: john kirkland | April 2, 2013, 1:21 pm 1:21 pm And I find it encouraging everyone had the conversion BEFORE the next election. POSTED BY: DAVE | APRIL 2, 2013, 1:26 PM 1:26 PM (HIGH-FIVE!!!!) I find it amazing that everyone had this miraculous conversion AFTER last Novembers election.
Posted by: john kirkland | April 2, 2013, 1:21 pm 1:21 pm
And I find it encouraging everyone had the conversion BEFORE the next election.
POSTED BY: DAVE | APRIL 2, 2013, 1:26 PM 1:26 PM

(HIGH-FIVE!!!!)

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By: Noz http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/tom-carper-latest-senate-dem-for-same-sex-marriage/#comment-31861768 Noz Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:11:19 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=841908#comment-31861768 "I’m pretty sure you’re not someone who should be criticizing anyone else for their work ethic." - Davie Huuummmmm . . . . . and yet, I worked harder and longer than your boy Bama did yesterday. What's his schedule today? “I’m pretty sure you’re not someone who should be criticizing anyone else for their work ethic.” – Davie

Huuummmmm . . . . .
and yet, I worked harder and longer than your boy Bama did yesterday.
What’s his schedule today?

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By: hillary http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/tom-carper-latest-senate-dem-for-same-sex-marriage/#comment-31861137 hillary Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:27:22 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=841908#comment-31861137 I'm really hoping the GOP sticks to their guns and doesn't make any conversion at all. I’m really hoping the GOP sticks to their guns and doesn’t make any conversion at all.

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By: Dave http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/tom-carper-latest-senate-dem-for-same-sex-marriage/#comment-31861125 Dave Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:26:05 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=841908#comment-31861125 I find it amazing that everyone had this miraculous conversion AFTER last Novembers election. Posted by: john kirkland | April 2, 2013, 1:21 pm 1:21 pm And I find it encouraging everyone had the conversion BEFORE the next election. I find it amazing that everyone had this miraculous conversion AFTER last Novembers election.

Posted by: john kirkland | April 2, 2013, 1:21 pm 1:21 pm

And I find it encouraging everyone had the conversion BEFORE the next election.

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By: john kirkland http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/tom-carper-latest-senate-dem-for-same-sex-marriage/#comment-31861063 john kirkland Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:21:44 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=841908#comment-31861063 Wow - is there anyone left in the Democrat party that can make their own decision, a decision that might counter the party position? Do any of them have their own thoughts, their own feelings? Can they decide on their own what is right and what is wrong - or do they need the party to make these decisions for them? I find it amazing that everyone had this miraculous conversion AFTER last Novembers election. Wow – is there anyone left in the Democrat party that can make their own decision, a decision that might counter the party position? Do any of them have their own thoughts, their own feelings? Can they decide on their own what is right and what is wrong – or do they need the party to make these decisions for them? I find it amazing that everyone had this miraculous conversion AFTER last Novembers election.

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By: Dave http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/tom-carper-latest-senate-dem-for-same-sex-marriage/#comment-31860744 Dave Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:54:14 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=841908#comment-31860744 Barry would have been working on that yesterday afternoon when he had nothing scheduled, right? Posted by: Noz | April 2, 2013, 11:43 am 11:43 am I'm pretty sure you're not someone who should be criticizing anyone else for their work ethic. Barry would have been working on that yesterday afternoon when he had nothing scheduled, right?

Posted by: Noz | April 2, 2013, 11:43 am 11:43 am

I’m pretty sure you’re not someone who should be criticizing anyone else for their work ethic.

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By: tr2236 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/tom-carper-latest-senate-dem-for-same-sex-marriage/#comment-31860696 tr2236 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:50:05 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=841908#comment-31860696 PA_RESIDENT : like polls that said Mitten will win 2012? Yes, those are skewed. PA_RESIDENT : like polls that said Mitten will win 2012? Yes, those are skewed.

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By: boogie man http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/tom-carper-latest-senate-dem-for-same-sex-marriage/#comment-31860016 boogie man Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:53:47 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=841908#comment-31860016 PA Resident...lastest polls indicate almost 60% of americans are in favor of letting gay people have equal rights...so yeah, they are working for the american people. I know you're a bigoted individual who is frightened by gay people...but its ok, when gay people get married...and no, its not an "if" anymore, its a ''when"...when gay people get married, it will not affect you and your miserable life at all. i promise. and we hetrosexuals will be ok to keep destroying marriage at a 50% clip. and the sactity of marriage will still be broadcast everytime "the bachelor" comes on or another karsashian gets a 48 hr marriage... PA Resident…lastest polls indicate almost 60% of americans are in favor of letting gay people have equal rights…so yeah, they are working for the american people.
I know you’re a bigoted individual who is frightened by gay people…but its ok, when gay people get married…and no, its not an “if” anymore, its a ”when”…when gay people get married, it will not affect you and your miserable life at all. i promise. and we hetrosexuals will be ok to keep destroying marriage at a 50% clip. and the sactity of marriage will still be broadcast everytime “the bachelor” comes on or another karsashian gets a 48 hr marriage…

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By: boogie man http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/tom-carper-latest-senate-dem-for-same-sex-marriage/#comment-31859977 boogie man Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:47:49 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=841908#comment-31859977 ssreaney....first...you realize that hetrosexual couples engage in sodomy, right? or is your relationship of the 'vanilla' sort...so sad...also, your statement implies that republicans are great people who would never try and screw over the american people. this this the problem...if you, or anyone else is naive enough to think that the political party you like are "the good guys" and the politcal party you don't like are "the bad guys", you're what one may refer to as a lemming...or you may possibly be mentally disabled. You should get a professionall diagnosis though. ssreaney….first…you realize that hetrosexual couples engage in sodomy, right? or is your relationship of the ‘vanilla’ sort…so sad…also, your statement implies that republicans are great people who would never try and screw over the american people. this this the problem…if you, or anyone else is naive enough to think that the political party you like are “the good guys” and the politcal party you don’t like are “the bad guys”, you’re what one may refer to as a lemming…or you may possibly be mentally disabled. You should get a professionall diagnosis though.

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