While the Tea Party sweeps America, liberal journalists desperately try to pigeon hole the movement into a pre-Internet mold. They just don't get it: The Tea Party IS American citizens; it's not an old-fashioned political organization with a visible head or a limited number of lead spokesmen.
-- From "Tea party groups choose to stand mute on same-sex marriage ruling" by Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post Staff Writer 7/13/10
While many conservative organizations immediately decried a federal judge's decision last week to invalidate the federal ban on recognizing gay marriages, tea party groups have been conspicuously silent on the issue.
The silence is by design, activists with the loosely affiliated movement said, because it is held together by an exclusive focus on fiscal matters and its avoidance of divisive social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Privately, though, many said they back the decision because it emphasizes the legal philosophy of states' rights.
The large tea party-affiliated organizations, including FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Nation, declined to comment on Tauro's ruling because of their groups' fiscal focus.
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