From Joe at The John’s site:
Opponents of same-sex marriage have created a three-pronged effort that insures the issue will be a key topic in the Presidential election. There are efforts underway by Republicans legislators in Iowa, the first caucus state, and New Hampshire, the first primary state, to end their existing marriage laws. In Iowa, the GOP-controlled House has begun the process of passing a bill to put a ban on the ballot. In New Hampshire, both the House and Senate are now GOP-led and they could try to repeal the law later this year or in 2012. In Congress, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) indicated that he’s going to push legislation to block DC’s marriage law.
It’s like an anti-marriage perfect storm. These efforts guarantee that the GOP presidential candidates (except, of course, Fred Karger) who are traipsing through Iowa and New Hampshire will try to burnish their right-wing cred by engaging in the usual gay-bashing. And, the effort by GOPers in Congress adds fuel to the fire. We’ve already seen potential Republican candidates, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum, groveling before the haters. We can expect a lot more of that. And, just wait til the debates start. The GOP candidates will be doing contortions to show their base just how much they hate the gays.
Now, there’s something different about all three of the anti-gay efforts in DC, NH and Iowa. In each, it isn’t about preventing same-sex marriage. In those three jurisdictions, the homophobes are trying to take rights away from citizens. That should put these battles into a different light. If they can come for our rights, they can (and will) come for the rights of others.
In all three legislative bodies, Republicans vowed to create jobs and focus on the economy. But, they just can’t control their homophobia.
I have an idea: How about asking gay people to control their greed?
Too much to ask?
How about them abstaining from uttering the word “marriage” until all of the gay-only laws that they conned legislatures into passing get rectified to get rid of their special right to discriminate against trans people?
Too much to ask?
How about asking them to STFU on gay marriage for a while given the lengthy, unquiestionable track record of it being used to scare sheeple into voting for christianist Republicans who claim that they give a damn about the American economy but, in actuality, are doing everything possible to do to the American economy what Sherman did to Atlanta – all while angling to saddle us peons who will be left behind in post-Constitution America with a neo-Puritan dictatorship?
Too much to ask?
How about getting your heads out of your stockbrokers’ asses long enough to realize what the fuck you’re actually doing to prospects for the elements of equality that working-class LGBs (much less Ts) actually need?
Too much to ask?
That’s what I tought.
The new chair of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Higher Education is Rep. Foxx.
They wouldn’t, would they?
It has to be Redd Foxx, right. I mean, he’s been dead for 20 years, but I’m sure even his corpse still has some remnants of brain tissue – which would make him more qualified for the post than…
Damn, they really are the party of insanity, aren’t they?
Some details about the All-Gay-Marriage-All-the-Time Gay Millionaire Circle Jerk:
I won’t be able to attend. I’ll be down in Arlington, Texas, as I have tickets for the exclusive host-team Super Bowl party where I have it on good authority that the entertainment is going to be Jerry Jones showing videos that he surreptitiously made of Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson…
and Terrell Owens.
I’m not speculatin’, but rumor has it that Clarence Thomas is going to be there and he has a whole garbage bag full of coke cans ready for, well, whatever.
And I only point out all of that in order to compare it to what I’ll be missing at the All-Gay-Marriage-All-the-Time Gay Millionaire Circle Jerk:
Is the champagne served by a cock in a frock who sells stock? I want to know given that – unless Meghan Stay-bluh is there playing Ruprecht to Hilary Rosen’s, well…, Hilary Rosen or unless Mara Keisling is there telling people how to make $80,000 a year by refusing to make any effort to lobby senators when you have the chance – the gay men prancing around in Priscilla will be the trans-inclusion for the evening (after all, only Boston gets the high-dollar, token pat-itself-on-the-back-a-thon.)
I’m also curious as to whether there is a special sockpuppet rate, but I digress……..
Queer Channel Media – again (of course):
I’ll concede: There are a shitload of implementation issues.
How about not morphing DADT implementation into an excuse to bypass dealing with issues that far more people than the infinitessimal percentage of the LGB community who are in the military (BTW: The John was so fond of bellowing that trans people were holding 100 million – or 30 trillion or however many it was – million gay people hostage by inststing on inclusion in ENDA, remember? What is the larger number: the number of gays in the military? Or the number of trans people overall? Methinks that in your heart you know the answer) need?
The Pentagon report on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — published Nov. 30 — states that the Defense of Marriage Act prohibits the U.S. military from affording many benefits to same-sex partners of service members, but other benefits, such as death benefits and hospital visitation access, would still be available.
Sarvis said a combination of DOMA and other regulations prohibit gay service members from receiving the same benefits as their straight counterparts, but there is some leeway.
“There are some instances where the [defense] secretary has some authority with respect to definitional changes for dependents … but for most benefits, particularly involving spouses … DOMA is a big barrier,” Sarvis said.
Meet Pavlov’s DOMA.
From a Maryland all-gay-marriage-all-the-time page:
Well, I have a better idea.
Send this text to Maryland senators:
As your constituent, I’m calling on you to oppose The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act (SB116). Please understand that I am not homophobic and I actually do believe that same-sex couples should eventually enjoy the right to marry.
However, in 2001 when the Maryland Legislature enacted a gay rights law that did not protect transgender people gay activists in Maryland promised transgender people that they would work to ensure that Maryland would enact legislation to ensure that transgender people have the same ability to compete for employment based on their qualifications that gays, lesbians an bisexuals were given.
Thus far, those promises have proven to be empty.
Stand on the right side of history by not rewarding political trickery and deception with an additional legislative victory that will simply ensure that there is no political will to address anti-transgender discrimination in Maryland for another decade.
Gays and lesbians WANT marriage. Trans people NEED to be able to live and work without fear.
Support the passage of transgender equality in this legislative session before the matter of same-sex marriage is addressed in any fashion.
Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.
Does Giving Away Two Overpriced Tickets to an All-Gay-Marriage-All-the-Time Gay Millionaire Circle Jerk Change the Reality that the Event is an All-Gay-Marriage-All-the-Time Gay Millionaire Circle Jerk?January 26, 2011
Courtesy of Mastercard, this week we’ll be giving away two tickets to the Feb 5 Human Rights Campaign’s NYC Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. The prize does not include travel accommodations, so the winner will need to live in the NYC area. You’ll be seated at the Mastercard table.
Because nothing says ‘equality’ like a legalized mafia scheme that immorally sucks money away from working-class Americans in order to line the pockets of the already-obscenely-rich.
And in my next post, I’ll talk about MasterCard.