Tuesday, February 13, 2007

It isn't just the hatefulness. It's the hypocrisy.

So it looks like Hoosiers may be next in line to vote on whether they’d like to enshrine bigotry into their constitution:

A proposed ban on same-sex marriages now faces just one more hurdle in the House before Hoosiers will be able to vote on the constitutional amendment.

The Indiana Senate voted 39-10 Monday to pass the amendment, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

How very sad. I just cannot understand how otherwise intelligent people can buy into this crazy nonsense. Thankfully not everyone does:

By now, Indiana citizens have heard all of the justifications for SJ 7, the Indiana constitutional amendment to "defend marriage" against the assault of all those gay terrorists who just want to participate in it. And we've heard all of the pious assurances that the language in "part B," (forbidding any court from interpreting any law in any way that might confer the "incidents of marriage" on unmarried couples) isn't meant to deprive gays of health benefits or hospital visitation rights. It's just an effort to "clarify" that marriage is only between a man and a woman.



Let's be clear about this: The people pushing for SJ 7 want to make life as difficult as possible for Indiana's gay citizens. They know same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, and that Indiana courts have upheld the current law. There is no reason to pass this amendment except to void those few benefits that gay couples now enjoy.

They may get SJ 7 passed, but no one who believes in equal rights should let them get away with pretending that they don't mean what they say.

And this is why I shall refrain from making one big sweeping, mean-spirited generalization about Indiana being a state full of ignorant hayseeds. I am sure there are many intelligent Indiana residents who agree with the sentiments expressed in the above snippet, but unfortunately they are not the ones getting themselves to the polls. It seems it’s the ignorant hayseeds who are getting their fannies to the polls and speaking for everyone. But what I want to know is do these people really believe they are protecting their marriages? If they do, then maybe I’ll have to rethink making that sweeping, mean-spirited generalization after all.


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