Thursday, April 06, 2006

Another action alert

The Human Right Campaign is alerting its troops that Senator Frist, prompted by Senator Santorum, intends to force a vote on the "Marriage Protection Amendment" in early June. We are all asked to take action.

I did, but I'm tired of this crap. So instead of leaving the HRC boilerplate text, I wrote this:
I have lived with and loved a man for fifteen years. This relationship shapes my life and gives it meaning. I cannot understand why anyone feels that this poses such a threat to the social order that it must be legally negated in the very document that makes our country real.

If my government honestly believes that I should be singled out for discrimination in the Constitution, then I see no choice but to seek citizenship elsewhere. I find this unutterably sad, because I love this country and the Constitutional principles that I believe make it great. I even had hope that the Federal Government would someday undo the discrimination now written into Ohio's Constitution. But a "Marriage Protection Amendment" mocks the call to establish justice and to secure the blessings of liberty. I will truly understand, then, that I am not welcome here.
I don't know which is worse: that our leaders are ignorant bigots, or that they're merely pandering to ignorant bigots to win elections.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Marriage Protection Amendment? So my old home state of Ohio says we're supose to support marriage between a man and a woman only? Like the Britney Spears and Jason Alexander's 55 hr marriage? Or Eminem and Kim Mather's not even 3 month old marriage? Or my manager's 2 1/2 month union?

I've lived my wedding vows for 23 yrs and the fact that everyone who has a special person in their life doesn't have the same opportunity bothers me to no end.

My current home state, Connecticut, was the first state to voluntarily pass legislation for civil union. It's a first step down a long path but every journey has to begin somewhere. I hope they don't trip you as you start down the path in Ohio.

Cat said...

My dad always used to say (he might still say it, but I've not heard it from him for a while) that you can't legislate morality. You can't make one person like another . . . and you can't make one person not like another. Why don't they realize this? Even if they are small-minded bigots and can't stand some of the people in this country, making gay marriage illegal certainly isn't stopping people from committing to live with same-sex chewtoys.

I mean, it's not even a matter of whether or not they agree with being gay. It is stupid, either way.

OK - it's also a matter of them being bigots, I don't want to negate that fact. It's just - I mean - as Dumbledore says "Fear of the name only increases fear of the thing itself."

Bloody morons don't even know how to play their own game. (/rant)

Kelly said...

Don,

Beautifully written. If you are lucky enough to find your soulmate, then you should be able to marry and have all the privileges of marriage, both legally and socially.

I actually almost feel sorry for those who are so narrow-minded. Their world must be a very scary place.

I enjoy your knitting comments. This from a person that finds a double crochet challenging. Maybe I'll see you at the next birthday gathering with your dear, sweet, and soon-to-be older aunt.