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I would never argue that the left isn't capable of abusing any good government idea when they get the chance.
As for gay marriage - President Clinton signed DOMA and it was President Clinton who instituted Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Democrats don't have a stellar record when it comes to advancing gay rights - but I will acknowledge that religious conservatives strongly oppose what is basically a religious rite being co-opted by government but even then, most have no objection to the equality part, they just don't want "traditional marriage" trashed in the process.
I won't respond again related to these issues since they're not related to the thread - I simply did so because you attached the issues to my comments and I had to respond.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
For those who haven't noticed, we currently have a "liberal" President. So, trying to pin this on the RW makes no sense at all.
I consider myself unaffiliated although I generally support socially liberal positions such as SSM and I accept abortion even though I think it is morally dubious. But in many ways Obama is as bad as or worse than Bush when it comes to "national security" and government powers. I voted for this guy in 2008 but not in 2012. He's shown his colors (so to speak)