[M]any said they back the decision because it emphasizes the legal philosophy of states' rights. * * * "I do think it's a state's right," said Phillip Dennis, Texas state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots. The group does not take a position on social issues, he said, but personally, "I believe that if the people in Massachusetts want gay people to get married, then they should allow it . . . ." * * * Everett Wilkinson, state director for the Florida Tea Party Patriots, agreed: "On the issue [of gay marriage] itself, we have no stance, but any time a state's rights or powers are encouraged over the federal government, it is a good thing." * * * Wilkinson said "several hundred" of the group's supporters are gay.
Indeed, perhaps expressly thinking of those ignorant fools Olbermann and Garofalo, Burns Strider wrote over at The Huffington Post that the Democrats have wrongly concluded that the Tea Party "folks must all be racist, conservative, backward crazies":
Polling has also showed that the majority of Tea Party activists do not think government should support any set of moral values or define marriage. And a sizable majority of Tea Party activists are pro-choice. Think about that. Most Tea Party members hold positions that, in our completely un-nuanced political speak, make them "pro-gay and pro-choice."
It's a shame that Olbermann and Garofalo never listened to Bob Dylan because as he sang in "The Times They Are A-Changin": "Don't criticize what you can't understand."