"This campaign is about taking back our country. This President has appealed to
the most hateful parts of human beings. I couldn't believe it on Thursday when
Justice Scalia rendered an opinion from the bench that was the same thing, essentially,
that Rick Santorum had said two or three weeks earlier. And Justice Scalia is the person
that George Bush mentioned is his choice to be Supreme Court chief justice if Rehnquist
Santorum, a Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, recently likened gay sex to
bigamy, polygamy, adultery and incest, and said gay marriage would be "the death
knell of the American family." U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in his minority opinion
castigating the court for legalizing gay sex June 26, said: "State laws
against bigamy,same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery,
fornication, bestiality, and obscenity are ... sustainable only in light
of Bowers' validation of laws based on moral choices. Every single one
of these laws is called into question by today's decision. ... What a
massive disruption of the current social order, therefore, the
overruling of Bowers entails."
In its 1986 case Bowers v. Hardwick, the Supreme Court said it was
permissible for states to ban gay sex. The new ruling overruled Bowers,
declaring gay-sex bans unconstitutional.
Dean said Bush and his friends, like Scalia, are "appealing to bigotry,
appealing to racism, appealing to homophobia."
"We have to stand up against that, because this country will never be as
strong as it can be unless every single one of us can walk down the
street with pride no matter who we are, and not be ashamed or worried,"
Dean said. "The reason Democrats don't win elections is because we're so
busy trying to be like Republicans that we don't stand for anything and
then people don't support us."
The Bush administration is composed of "right-wing ideologues who do not
care about thoughts and facts," Dean said. "All they care about is their
ideology. They don't even care about the United States of America. Their
principle task is to maintain their hold on power for their few,
privileged, wealthy friends and the rest of us can suffer and pay for
their tax cuts. I've had enough of this, I've had enough of the hate,
I've had enough of the bigotry, I've had enough of the divisiveness."
Dean urged gays and lesbians to use the Internet to
help him win.
"I need you on the Internet talking to your friends all over the
country," he said. "I need you to sign up at
send you stuff and when we do, you send that out on your e-mail list.
There's probably 60 people here and if you each have a hundred people on
your e-mail list, that's 6,000 people that you'll contact on your e-mail
"Your say-so is more important than my say-so," he said. "If they know
you and they like you and you send them an e-mail saying, 'This guy's a
decent guy, you ought to vote for him for President,'
that makes a big difference."
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