Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Beating up gays and their allies: a pastime enjoyed across the country

Worcester, Massachusetts:

A same-sex marriage advocate [who happens to be straight] is nursing cuts and bruises after being attacked by a leading advocate of a constitutional amendment to end gay marriage in the only state where it is legal.


Sarah Loy, 27, went to a rally organized by VoteOnMarriage in front of Worcester City Hall, west of Boston, on the weekend. The demonstration was one of several being held on weekends throughout Massachusetts aimed at pressuring the Legislature to vote on the proposed amendment.

At a lectern Larry Cirignano, leader of the Boston-based Catholic Citizenship group [emphasis mine] had just finished leading the Pledge of Allegiance when he spotted Loy near the front of the crowd with other supporters of gay marriage staging a counter protest.


The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that Cirignano rushed from behind the lectern and tackled Loy to the ground. “You need to get out. You need to get out of here right now,” he allegedly told her as her head was pushed into the concrete sidewalk.

Meanwhile across the country in Scottsdale, Arizona otherwise know as the Wild West:

Scottsdale police are investigating a suspected hate crime reported by a gay couple who said they were jumped by as many as seven men outside a Scottsdale restaurant near McDowell and Scottsdale roads.

As they held hands and began to leave Frasher's Steakhouse late Sunday, Jean Rolland and Andrew Frost said they were beaten in the restaurant's entryway.

I just cannot help wondering why some people are so threatened by gays and lesbians. It strikes me that it is always the guilty dog that barks the loudest. Most people I know who’ve never been divorced and have enjoyed many happy years of stable marriage scoff at the notion that gay marriage threatens their marriage. And every straight supporter of gay rights I’ve ever known is also quite comfortable in their own skin and very confident in his/her own sexual orientation.

The thugs in Worcester and Scottsdale only proved they were cowardly bullies who’ve got some deep seated issues. If one finds gay marriage to be a threat to their marriage then they have bigger problems than they are willing to admit. And if those punks in Scottsdale think they succeeded in proving their manliness by beating up two people minding their own business then they need to think again, all they really did was make people wonder why they felt they needed to prove anything in the first place. Share

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