Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Watch Out Arizona, Cathi Herrod is out to protect your marriages -- again

Well just as expected, the California Supreme Court ruling overturning the gay marriage ban has stirred the Arizona wingnuts into a fuming frenzy:

We must prevent gay marriage in Arizona

Cathi Herrod and Peter Gentala
Our Turn
May. 20, 2008 12:00 AM

With a 4-3 vote by unelected judges, the California Supreme Court redefined marriage despite the voices of the 4,618,673 Californians who voted in 2000 to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman in state law.

The four judges in the majority completely ignored the will of the people and redefined marriage to include same-sex relationships. Now, the only chance for the people of California to stop this judicial redefinition of marriage is to amend the state Constitution with a vote this November, an effort that is already under way.

The majority of Arizonans agree that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and we don't want judges or politicians making decisions about the definition of marriage for us. Yet, here in Arizona, we face the exact same threat as California of having unelected judges trample on the will of the people.

That's exactly why Arizona voters should have the opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage in November. The proposed Arizona marriage amendment simply states: "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state." The Arizona House passed this measure on May 12. The bill must now pass the Senate. Senate President Tim Bee committed himself in February to give Arizonans the opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage, and he should uphold that commitment.


Well I guess I’m not really too surprised. Cathi Herrod was at the forefront of the 2006 battle to forever enshrine discrimination into the Arizona Constitution, a document that is supposed to protect rights, not take them away. And she lost. So it’s no big surprise to see her back at it again. She will not rest until she gets her religious beliefs shoved down Arizonans’ throats. And she’s had 2 years to lick her wounds, regroup, and arm herself with a new battle plan. And California’s Supreme Court decision just put a tiger in her tank.

Well Cathi Herrod, here is a picture of your so-called activist judge, Chief Justice Ronald M. George – take a look:

My gosh he’s a mean one. Just look at that killer scowl and those activist eyes. You can tell he’s just itching to do some more “legislatin” from the bench.

But umm Cathi, let me just correct you on one thing, this California Supreme Court was not redefining marriage, as you put it, but rather this court was just saying that:

… sexual orientation, like race or gender, "does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights.

And in fact Cathi dear, they go on to say:

"responsibility to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation."

"We therefore conclude that in view of the substance and significance of the fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship, the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples,"

So let me put this in plain English for you Cathi, the California Constitution guarantees ALL Californians, gay or straight, the right to marry and have a family.

This is not redefining marriage Cathi, it’s just not allowing people like you the right to deny others the same rights you enjoy. Get it Cathi? They are just telling the bullies on the playground that they cannot deny people they don’t like entry.

SO LEAVE MY SON ALONE CATHI. By denying him the right to marry and have a family of his own, you also deny my husband and me the right to a son-in-law and grandchildren. And this Seething Momma isn’t going to stand for that.

Mind your own damn business, worry about your own damn marriage and family, and leave my family alone.

And please stop treating Arizonans like they are dumb as a box of rocks.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The problem with "the will of the people" is that the "will of the people" has a lousy track record when it comes to civil rights and honoring the dignity of individuals different from them. This is because "the will of the people" bears little separation from "mob rule." And we all know what mobs are like.

What gets me about these appeals to "the will of the people" is that it completely contradicts the basic theology most anti-gay individuals subscribe to. That's a theology that teaches that truth and morality is separate from "majority opinion," and even that the majority are far too often wrong to be trusted.

But hey, why should such people let their theology get in the way of their desire to maintain their bigotry by any means possible, right?

-- Jarred.