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An embarrassing day to be American.

Today, the results are in: Yesterday, the majority of voters in 31 states rejected same-sex marriage via referendums. Only five states recognize same-sex marriage, four of which are in New England and the other is good ol' Iowa.

Anti-marriage-rights people used lies and fear to win: Gayness will be taught in elementary schools! Homos will break up het marriages! Our nation will burn in Hell if we allow gays to commit to one another! Children will be turned gay if their gay parents can get married! And you will burn in Hell if God sees you voting for The Homo Agenda!

In Nazi Germany, Apartheid South Africa, and many states in the USA before the Supreme Court's 1967 decision (Loving v. Virginia), inter-racial marriage was illegal. These nations learned better about human rights... or seemed to. So yesterday, 31 states joined many modern Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Afghanistan, and the Palestinian Authority, where women can be murdered by family members in "honor killings" for the crime of engaging in a relationship with a man of another tribe.

Are we really so tribal and primitive that we legitimize state-sponsored discrimination because we don't like how someone loves another person? I still don't understand why the anti-marriage loons are so anti-gay. If someone wants to publicly commit to another person, why would someone who professes belief in Jesus (not anti-gay) (or Muhammed, "prophet of peace") try to stop them?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote, "It's time for change, people. Based on campaigns that fired us all up last fall... I'd say that the climate is right for this necessary change."

I guess I was wrong. Seems we'll have to do this the Constitutional way. If the (granted, slim) majority of Americans in 31 states are anti-marriage for gays, we'll have to appeal to the founding laws of the land, which protect minorities from persecution and guarantee separation of church and state. Let's be honest: The only real argument that the anti-marriage types have is that gay marriage is "against God" (the Old-Testament God, anyway, because Jesus was not anti-gay), and the only reason the right to marry was defeated in all those states was that gays are a minority, like blacks in 1967 and minority tribes in the Middle East today. Therefore it's okay to tromp on their rights as Americans.

How can so many legalize discrimination in this "land of the free"? I'm ashamed to be lumped in the same group with those who voted against love and commitment.



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Nov. 4th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
super embarrassing day to be an american.
Anti-marriage-rights people used lies and fear to win: Gayness will be taught in elementary schools!
1. so what if it IS?
2. do we teach straightness in elementary schools?

Homos will break up het marriages!
LOL!!! i wish it had broken up mine. :D

Children will be turned gay if their gay parents can get married!
yes, we all turn out so much like our parents!!

And you will burn in Hell if God sees you voting for The Homo Agenda!
if all the kewl kids are going to hell, then bring it on...i'd rather fry in hell with the decent folks, than sit at the right hand of god holding my big stick, so to speak.
Nov. 4th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: super embarrassing day to be an american.
The "Big Party in Hell" party has been running since Lucifer fell, I dare say.

Edited at 2009-11-04 06:25 pm (UTC)
Nov. 4th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
While I agree with you completely (and am thankful that it looks like Washington passed the "Everything but Marriage" referendum -- so you know, 31 states didn't reject it yesterday -- those are the states that already had it written into their constitutions. Which is abominable, and all it really means is that on this subject, every day is an embarrassing day.
Nov. 4th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Well, that's... less abominable, I guess :-/
Nov. 4th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
marginally, maybe. Still pretty damn appalling.
Nov. 4th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
WA state looks to be narrowly passing R-71,a referendum on a bill signed into law by Gov. Gregoire last May. This will support the rights extended to gays by a majority of the state legislature.
Nov. 4th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
That's a positive move - if it passes!
Nov. 4th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Living in Kansas for so long has inured me to the humiliations of being associated with the failures of my physical location. You just gotta hope against hope that you don't get lumped in with the rest of the assholes--and keep screaming loud enough that you don't mix in by accident.
Nov. 5th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
Remember you're reading a translation - I've seen it convincingly argued that it is possible to read the Torah as not actually prohibiting gay sex (and it never says anything remotely about gay marriage).
Nov. 5th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, true. I especially love those rules from Leviticus and Deuteronomy, such as this gem:

"And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you."

Shrimp, eel, octopus: Whosover eateth these critters shall rot in eternity alongside them thar gays!
Nov. 5th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Well, plenty of people *do* follow those. My mom, for instance does not eat shrimp (or pork) but her response when her well-love brother finally came out of the closet (aged 60) can best be summarized as "Oh... okay."
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