Turns out Vermont decided yesterday that getting married and being gay at the same time is A-OK in Vermont. I say, good for you Vermont. Way to take the lead again in the area of gay rights like you did back a decade or more ago when you were the first to allow civil unions for gay people. Now, you have overridden the veto of your governor and made it law in the state of Vermont that gay people can get married. That is some good stuff right there. Of course, when reached for comment, the hard care religious right were apoplectic, such as:
“Same-sex ‘marriage’ is a movement driven by wealthy homosexual activists and a liberal elite determined to destroy not only the institution of marriage, but democracy as well. Time and again, we see when citizens have the opportunity to vote at the ballot box, they consistently opt to support traditional marriage,”
This little gem above came from our good friend, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. How are 2 people getting hitched going to destroy democracy? How? It won’t you reactionary asshole. Citizens may have voted for gan marriage bans to be put into place, but guess what? This isn’t an issue of popularity, or a decision where I think the masses can effectively decide for themselves, because all of their anti gay hatred tumbles forth when they do vote on things like this. Of course, he continues:
“The radical left wants to destroy the traditional union of one man and one woman across the country and they will not rest until they do so. The marriage amendment movement has been many times more successful than the same-sex ‘marriage’ movement,”
I’m not even really sure where to start on his statements, but let’s go with the little nugget that folks like Mr. Perkins always like to bring up. If gay people are allowed to get married it is going to destroy marriage as we know it. I always ask this question; how? How exactly will 2 people getting married affect the bond between say, my wife and myself? It doesn’t. It doesn’t at all. Our marriage is our marriage. How we got married was our choice (on a beach, in the Caribbean, and a secular ceremony). I suppose in the eyes of people like Mr. Perkins, we’re not really married either. How is wanting 2 people who live each other get married supposed to destroy the traditional union of one man and one woman? Someone explain this to me. How will a “regular” marriage be destroyed by gay people that you don’t know getting married? It won’t be. Nobody has an acceptable answer for this.
In the article that I pulled his quotes from, there is one gentleman quoted in there from beliefnet.com that is some sort of religious evangelical Christian site and he said that Vermont, “Vermont just got it the right way: democratically, through legislative action.” What he is of course trying to say is that if it had been enacted through their judicial system, it somehow would have been part of an “activist” liberal court system in Vermont bent on destroying the fabric of our nation. Of course, what folks like this guy forget is that our Constitution sets up our government to be 3 equal branches. You know, the whole checks and balances thing. What he also forgets is that without court intervention, slavery still might be around. Segregated separate but equal (yeah right) facilities for whites and minorities might still be around. Schools might still be segregated. Black and white people would not be allowed to get married. You could go on for days through court decisions that turned around legislative ones that were found to be un-Constitutional, just like not allowing gay people to get married is.
I see these guys prepping for another battle, and that battle coming closer is the one where they try to cram a Constitutional amendment down the throat of America that will not allow gay marriage. I don’t think that this will happen, and I do think that at some point in time, possibly in the next 10-15 years, this issue will be front and center at the United States Supreme Court, and no matter what their personal feelings on the matter are, the Justices have to rule in favor of allowing it. There is nothing in our laws that say it can’t be done. Nothing. Someone give me one rational legal reason as to WHY 2 men, or 2 women can’t get married. You. Can’t. Do. It. Besides, our Constitution was written to allow our laws to flow from it, and also to GIVE We The People rights in the United States. To add an amendment to this very important document that says we are taking away the rights of a certain group would prove contrary to what our Founding Fathers wanted for this country and for this document in general.
Anyway, enough with my tirade. I just hate it when stupid people make stupid statements like these guys from the Family Research Council. Letting people get married increases the bond of marriage throughout the country, it creates new families, and it commits 2 people (regardless of their sexual orientation) to each other hopefully for life. Isn’t this what these schmucks are always saying is lacking in our society? Nobody is saying that gay folks are going to show up, and want to get married in your church, so stop your fretting about that. I’m pretty certain they know that they aren’t welcome there, even though Jesus is rolling over in his grave every single time one of you spews forth your hatred for gay people during your sermons and services. Stop using Jesus and God as your justification for your bigotry and hatred. Anyway, what really happens when gay people get married? Nothing, nothing at all. The world isn’t going to open up and swallow our country. You’re not going to see anymore “gay” on the street than you do now. They’re aren’t going to be spontaneous gay pride parades all over the country. What happens? People get married, and that’s pretty much it.by