Thune: No gay Justice
Sen. John Thune gives away the game:
[C]onservative leaders have warned the nomination of a gay or lesbian justice could complicate Obama's effort to confirm a replacement for Souter, and another Republican senator on Wednesday warned a gay nominee would be too polarizing.
"I know the administration is being pushed, but I think it would be a bridge too far right now," said GOP Chief Deputy Whip John Thune. "It seems to me this first pick is going to be a kind of important one, and my hope is that he'll play it a little more down the middle. A lot of people would react very negatively."
Thune's predicting that his own party is full of bigots who would oppose a nominee on the bass of their sexual orientation. If Republicans oppose a gay nominee for being gay, knowing nothing of their stance on any issue, they thereby discredit their own standard exucses for opposing legal equality for gays and lesbians.
Naked prejudice is a turnoff, so sophisticated conservatives are careful to couch their opposition to gay rights in terms of opposition to certain laws, as opposed to opposition to gay people. For example, the party line is that gays can't get married because it would be "judicial activism" to interpret a marriage statute as applying to everyone, and they hate judicial activism, so sorry, gay people...
By balking at the prospect of a gay nominee, the Republicans would be acknowledging what we've known all along, that their recalcitrance is not about religious freedom, or the family, or any of the usual bullshit excuses for prejudice--they just plain don't like gay people.