the “no gay marriage” amendment

John wickedthought Wick gets a little ranty at the end, but he makes some good points and his heart–and more importantly, his mind–are in the right place.

To quote Ghandi speaking to a group of Hindus and Muslims during the British occupation of India, when the Brits passed a law invalidating non-Christian marriage: “No marriage, other than a Christian marriage, is considered valid. Under this Act, our wives and mothers are whores, and every man here is a bastard.”

Or consider our very own US Constitution: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.” A law that counts CERTAIN people as having fewer rights than OTHER people.

Is that what you want? Do you want someone else saying, “I’m going to make a law so that people like me have rights, and other people don’t”? Right now they’re targeting gays. What if they target other religions? Age groups? Minority groups? Women?

Stand up and vote to preserve the rights of ALL Americans. We’ll need their votes when the narrow-minded zealots try to take away other rights.

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4 thoughts on “the “no gay marriage” amendment

  1. I agree with his point, but not his reasoning.

    Marriage is not just a religious ceremony. Gays can get married in the religion of their choice (if the religion allows it) now. I’ll marry two men or two women on the spot.

    Marriage, however, is also a legal contract between a man and a woman, and it confers privileges such as insurance, power of attorney, property rights, etc.

    I think it should be amended to be a contract between two individuals, whatever their relationship. Lovers, friends, boon companions, whatever. If I want Joe, who’s my best friend since high school, to have half my property if we decide to split, to have power of attorney, and to share in my insurance, then why can’t I write a contract to that effect. Doesn’t matter if we aren’t sleeping together.

    There’s two aspects to this fight: Religion, and money. It does not pay to forget the money angle.

  2. Thanks for sharing this, Sean, and thank John for making his piece, as it’s the exact argument that I make supporting gay and lesbian marriages and I just don’t get why it scares folks so much.

    I’m both proud and ashamed of Oregon when it comes to respecting the rights of Gays and Lesbians, as they’ve some nice domestic partnership recognitions on the books, yet, sadly, they also have a definition of marriage in the state Constitution, which will hopefully be struck down soon enough.

    I just don’t get why so many folks are okay with this kind of segregation and bigotry, if you were to throw any ethnic or racial group in place of gays and lesbians then they would see that these laws and lines of thoughts are wrong-minded, yet since it’s about gays and lesbians it’s okay.

    I’ve been for giving, granting, and respecting the rights of individuals and groups my whole life, as the idea of passing laws that restrict choice, restrict living your life as you see fit, is, I feel, the antithesis of the American Way of Life.

  3. Bill is robocalling in CA:

    No On Prop 8

    President Bill Clinton Asks California Voters To Vote NO on Proposition 8

    Tells Voters Prop 8: “Not What America is About”

    SACRAMENTO – In a telephone call to California voters, President Clinton delivers the following message regarding the unfairness of Proposition 8…

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 31, 2008

    President Bill Clinton Asks California Voters To Vote NO on Proposition 8
    Tells Voters Prop 8: “Not What America is About”

    SACRAMENTO – In a telephone call to California voters, President Clinton delivers the following message regarding the unfairness of Proposition 8:

    “This is Bill Clinton calling to ask you to vote NO on Proposition 8 on Tuesday, November 4th. Proposition 8 would use state law to single out one group of Californians to be treated differently — discriminating against members of our family, our friends and our co-workers.

    “If I know one thing about California, I know that is not what you’re about. That is not what America is about. Please vote NO on 8. It’s unfair and it’s wrong. Thank you.”

    The calls from President Clinton went to millions of registered California voters overnight.

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