Posts Tagged gay marriage
I love you, Greg, for exposing me to this. I am truly and thoroughly corrupted.
Greta manages to put her finger on the thing that was bothering me about this decision that I couldn’t manage to articulate:
See, this isn’t just about gay rights and marriage equality. This is about the principle that certain rights are inalienable. This is about the principle that, as important as democracy is, as important as it is for people to be able to vote on the laws and policies that govern them, certain rights transcend that principle, and cannot be taken away by majority rule. This is about the principle that there are limits to mob rule: that the fears and hatreds and prejudices of one class of people towards another cannot be inscribed into law. This is about the principle that people have every right to be bigots, but they do not have the right to write their bigotry into law… even if that bigotry is shared by the majority.
I have just about convinced myself that it’s OK to be excited about Obama. Not that I don’t agree with him (I do), I just didn’t want to go through the heartbreak of being emotionally invested in an election only to lose.
And then I see this headline and realize that, even if Obama wins Florida, other forces are at work out there doing their damnedest to prove what a backwater shithole Florida is:
C’mon, what’s wrong with you Floridians?!? Get it in gear! The vote on this amendment could conceivably have a more direct impact on you than the presidential election.
This isn’t about gay sex, it’s about human rights. It’s about love and respect; respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. You can’t say, “I respect teh gays, I just don’t want them to get married.” BUZZZZZ! Wrong answer! You can’t have it both ways. Separate but equal didn’t work in the Jim Crow south and it ain’t gonna work in this case either.