Gordon Smith, a leading GOP conservative, likes to pretend he's a moderate.
And nowhere is that more on display than his treatment of gay rights. After all, somehow he bamboozled the mother of Matthew Shepard into endorsing him in 2002. But, this year - just like 2004 - he voted to amend the US Constitution to remove civil rights from gay Americans.*
As the Senate Majority Project points out:
One could be forgiven for thinking that Gordon Smith of Oregon supported gay rights. After all, Smith spoke last year to a group of Log Cabin Republicans who “wildly applauded” him, according to press reports. In that speech, he called on the Republican Party to step up to the plate, saying that, “The work on the left is already done.” ... For all his sensitive talk, why did Smith turn his back on the community that “wildly applauded” him to defend his vote for a ban? ...
And the masked man that cast today’s vote for cloture? As it turns out, it’s the same Smith Oregon’s had all along. Gordo has the rare distinction of getting praised by the gay community while voting against their interests time and again.
Head on over to Senate Majority to read the rest. .
[* Some Republicans like to claim that the federal marriage amendment doesn't actually remove the right to gay marriage. But, the only reason to amend the constitution is to change it. By definition, anyone that supports the amendment agrees that the Constitution already includes that right. Otherwise, there's no need for a constitutional amendment.]