|wJun 7, 2006|
slowly pulling myself together
WAY TO NOT COMMENT ON THE NEW LAYOUT, YOU UNGRATEFEUL BASTARDS.
President Bush has pushed for a Constitutional ban on gay marriage twice this week. "Marriage is under attack!" is a cry heard by many conservative pundits.
Really? This is something that I don't understand. Even supposing that, for whatever reason, you think a person is immoral because they are gay, how does their getting married undermine marriage itself? "Wow, suddenly my marriage is meaningless because two filthy, immoral people are married, too!" If this was really the case, then marriage lost its 'sanctity' a long time ago.
If gay marriage is really detrimental to society in some way, I have yet to hear a reason why.
The most concrete reason I've encountered was one vocalized to me by whomever answered the phone at my state representative's office when I called to express my thoughts. As I believe I've mentioned before, he decided to argue with me (which is very unprofessional, in my political experience, but whatever). He said, "Do you want your tax money paying for the benefits they'll receive as a married couple?" (This can be read as: Do you really want your money giving the filthy gays the same benefits received by every heterosexual couple who shares their lives together the same way?!) My response could have been more eloquent, but it was something like, "I'm pretty sure my taxes pay for a lot of things that I don't agree with, and most of them are a lot more expensive than whatever crappy little tax credit that gay people would receive if they got married."
What it comes down to is a denial of civil rights. This is obviously always a negative thing for any society. It's even more ridiculous when there is no 'other side.' There is no purpose to banning gay marriage, and the only reason politicians get excited about (you'll notice that they only get excited about it during election season - like right now) is because it's a way for them to motivate their conservative base to go to the polls. (Isn't that sad? That in order to actually motivate a person enough to perform a civic duty necessary to making their government function, they must inflame their self-righteous feelings that somehow make it okay to strip people of their rights?) The politicians don't really give a shit about the gay marriage ban. They all know it's not going to pass. It's a game.
If gay people are not allowed to marry each other in this country, they will still be gay. They will still live together as married people do.
And the people who hate gay people will still have to get over it.
Current Music: Grace - Kate Havenikscribbled mystickeeper at 12:25 AM
Jackie, your layout looks nice. It's a nice change from the last colors. I'm not good at matching colors either, but yours look fine to me.
I would like to write something meaningful and witty, but I am tired. Is this the sort of politics I have to look forward to every two years?
It's posturing, plain and simple, as you already know.
I would've commented---butbutbut, blogger was DOWN a whole bunch
I like that you put the political posts of note thing up, now I want to read them...
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