Why biologists don’t tend to vote Republican

In Pharyngula: This is never going to end…but once more into the breach. PZ Myers explains some of the “bias” against the political views of the current ascendant Republicans found in most university biology departments.
Meanwhile, Bush has endorsed a constitutional amendment to prevent gay marriage (and possibly civil unions – the language is unclear), choosing one of his subconstitutiencies (culture-war conservatives) over another (most gay Republicans). Intended as a wedge issue for the liberal-but-timid Democratic party, it seems to be pounding at least as wedge-y a wedge into a fissure on the right.






One response to “Why biologists don’t tend to vote Republican”

  1. Pudentilla Avatar

    You said:
    “(and possibly civil unions – the language is unclear)”
    The Musgrove Amendment says:
    “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this constitution or the constitution of any state, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status OR THE LEGAL INCIDENTS THEREOF be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups (emphasis mine).
    What is not clear about this language? Only men and women can get married to each other. States and the fed gov can’t grant the “legal incidents” (inheritence rights, hospital visitation rights – all the civil union stuff).