However, while Democrats' embrace of gay marriage as a key issue
for the party may fire up parts of the base and help with
fundraising, it's not likely to sway many swing voters in an
election that 's squarely focused on economic issues. In other
words, while more Democratic speakers will probably talk about gay
marriage in the next two nights of the convention, you're still not
likely to see TV ads focused on it in the next two months.
Last night's speakers invoked the issue using similar phrasing,
referring to people's right to be with the person they love without
ever using the word "gay," which signifies a degree of coordination
in the crafting of their remarks.
Here are the relevant excerpts.
Michelle Obama: "If proud Americans can be who they are and
boldly stand at the altar with who they love, then surely, surely
we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great
American Dream." Also: "Barack knows the American Dream because
he's lived it ... and he wants everyone in this country to have
that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we're from,
or what we look like, or who we love."
San Antonio Mayor Juan Castro: "When it comes to letting people
marry whomever they love, Mitt Romney says, 'No.'"
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick: "Today, with labor at the
table, we've made the reforms in our pension and benefits systems,
our schools, our transportation system and more that Mr. Romney
only talked about. And today in Massachusetts, you can also marry
whomever you love."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: "Whose leadership, whose judgment,
whose values do you want in the White House when that crisis lands
like a thud on the Oval Office desk? ... A person who wanted to
keep "don't ask, don't tell," or a president who believes that who
you love should not keep you from serving the country you