Friday, January 15, 2010

Playing Politics: It's Our Lives

Last night I read that 18 republican state senators from Iowa are introducing an amendment to ban "gay" marriage. I would like to remind them, it's not "gay" marriage, it's marriage equality. And since there isn't a hope in hell this will pass? You're playing politics with our lives.

Stop it.

This isn't about winning. This is about bravado and bullshit. It's about making resources scarce in an environment that is already difficult to fundraise money in. It's about shouting EVIL GAY MARRIAGE over and over to appeal to conservative donors. Voters? Maybe but it's really about the money. It always is.

I'm shocked Pat Robertson didn't throw teh gays in with Haiti's pact with the devil. I think that may be about an unchecked case of syphilis rather than money.

The bill itself won't get anywhere because Iowa just went through the vote, and the same people are in office. It takes 67% of the vote, I've been told. The only gain to be had is to spread mean-spirited, hateful messages.

Playing politics with our lives. Our safety. I've been told over and over, that when marriage equality is achieved in a state, more conservative states have an intense backlash against anything LGBT. Hate crimes are rising. Dr. Tam insists he can't testify in the Prop 8 trial for fear of his life- when was the last time anyone was killed for being an idiot?- two very real gay men have been killed in DC recently.

Seriously, not one anti-gay, hate spewing person has ever been killed for making their statements. I believe the level of violence has been documented as lawn sign stealing. Illegal, no question, but violent?

C'mon. Can we at least use a little common sense here?

Each hard fought vote is being put to test. It was here in Massachusetts and will be in every other state in the nation that passes marriage equality. I can't help but think of a quote, from 1992 about California politics at the time.

"Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote. Those rights are spelled out in the Bill of Rights and in our California Constitution. Voters and politicians alike would do well to take a look at the rights we each hold, which must never be chipped away by the whim of the majority."

Two wolves and a lamb, indeed.

The political game, which I have admittedly played a deep role in, isn't simply about power. It's our lives. My kids lives.

Please stop.


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