Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cindy McCain’s decision to pose for NOH8 campaign offends, disappoints, and outrages Cathy Herrod

Poor Cathi Herrod. It’s such a lonely and thankless job being Arizona’s chief hatemonger and bigot. And risky too. Looks as though little Miss Chief of Morality Police has developed herself a bad case of thin skin, with a big dose of paranoia thrown in for good measure.

It also seems that Cathi Herrod, Arizona’s number one paragon of virtue and gatekeeper of everyone else’s morality is very upset with Cindy McCain’s decision to show her support for marriage equality by posing for the NOH8 Campaign. And Cathi is taking Cindy’s actions very, very personally:

"It's one thing to disagree on the issue of same-sex marriage. It's quite a different matter to label those of us -- really the millions not only in California and Arizona, but throughout this country -- who stand for marriage between one man and one woman as 'haters,'" Herrod comments. "Mrs. McCain has effectively called all of us 'haters.' That surprises me. For those of us in Arizona who worked very hard to pass Prop. 102 in 2008, we're offended, we're disappointed and we're outraged."

So let me get this straight. Cathi Herrod, the woman who “worked very hard to pass Prop. 102”, a proposition that forever enshrined my gay son’s second-class citizenship into the Arizona state constitution, is offended because there are some in this state who believe that stripping others of rights is hateful? Well Cathi, I’m not so sure Cindy McCain was even thinking about little ole you when she made the decision to support the NOH8 Campaign, but I can certainly understand your paranoia. Enshrining your bigotry and homophobia into our state constitution isn’t exactly an act of love or compassion.

But don’t worry Cathi. Your paranoia is not completely ungrounded. I know of at least one happily married (28 years), mother (of 3 great children) who believes you are indeed a hater … and a bigot… and a homophobe.

But for whatever it is worth, this seething momma does have some advice for you: It is at tough times like this that our friends and supporters can be there for us. Might I suggest that you turn to one of your biggest supporters and believers in the "Sanctity of Marriage": Karen Johnson, the 5-time-married, former AZ State legislator who cast the final vote making it possible to put the rights of others up for a vote? If ever there was a person that can soothe your hurt and offended feelings and bolster your resolve to protect marriage, it is good ole Karen. Share

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