Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Taking a Cheap Shot at Equality

In the vein of self defense I will expound on the most recent homophobes and their anti gay antics. Here are just a few of the actions of those who are against equality.

1) Target: who missed the target in donating $150,000 to Tom Emmer, via a political action committee (PAC) known as Minnesota Forward. Tom Emmer, who is a republican running for Governor of Minnesota. Mr. Emmer’s anti gay bias agrees with and supports a Christian rock in the state that believes it's moral and righteous for religious people to kill gays and lesbians. Target says it will not donate an equal amount of money to pro gay candidates or organizations. A slap in the face to many in the LGBT community who affectionately refer to Target as “Tarjay”. No bulls eye for equality there.

2) Lamar Smith: (R-Texas) Who has just sponsored H. Res. 1607 against Federal Court Justice Vaughn R. Walker, who ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The bill states that the Hon.Walker:

failed to conduct himself in an impartial manner" and "attempted to illegally broadcast the trial in disregard of the harassment such broadcast would invite on witnesses supporting Proposition 8.

It seems Mr. Smith and the bills 17 Co-Sponsors take it lightly to accuse a sitting federal Judge of a crime. Talk about grasping at straws. It is in the House Judiciary right now. This bill is certain to fail.

3) Bishop Harry Jackson: The misguided and often “non love thy neighbor” pastor who in his zest for media coverage and donations to his bigotry stated for NOM:

The implicit comparison Judge Walker made between racism and marriage is particularly offensive to me and to all of us who remember the reality of Jim Crow. It is not bigotry, it is biology that discriminates between same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples. To make a marriage requires a husband and a wife, because these unions are necessary to make new life and connect children to their mother and father.

Mr. Jackson, you are a disgrace to those who with blood (and often their own lives) gave not only my ancestors, but all of the interracially married and downtrodden the rights we have today. I hope it burns into your mind one day, when you are on your deathbed, the wrong you have done a community that has done nothing wrong (except in your eyes) than to love another adult human being. Oh, for the record, marriage is NOT only for procreation. In this day and age...the fact remains, as it did ages ago, that gays can have children. In fact ANYONE married or not can have children. The time for your type of scapegoating is coming to an end.

4) Tamara Scott: Who is the Director of the Iowa chapter of “Concerned Women for America”.Who stated in her NOM (National Organization for Marriage) address:

It costs you, the taxpayer, as high as $280 billion a year for fragmented families, that's according to the Family Research Council, May 14, 2009. That's three trillion a decade...If we would correct the breakdown of the family by one percent, we could save the taxpayer $3 billion a year. To sit back and do nothing — we become part of the problem. We all need to help out here. It's too big for any of us. There's plenty of evil to go around."

The sad reality, Ms. Scott , is that gay marriage would only line the coffers of the U.S. Government. Lest we forget DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) strips ONLY gays from federal benefits. Until DOMA is struck down (as Prop 8 will be) we don’t get the 1, 138 federal benefits heterosexuals do. Also, 280 Billion huh? Fragmented families? Well, who are the ones fragmenting those families? Not gays. As most gays such as myself know, we make up for a minority of the worlds population, even though there are more than is estimated. You’d do best to put your energy into those fragmented families and children’s services. I don’t have to tell you that a disproportionate amount of gay teenagers become homeless and left to the streets by parents who don’t “agree” with their “ choice” of whom to love. Love is always a choice, sometimes a hard one, sexuality while often just as hard, if not harder, is not.

5) Frank Turek: Who in his article (here) for “The American Family Association” wrote:

If Walker’s false “fact” was a real fact, we’d have to redefine marriage to include not just same sex couples, but also relatives, multiple partners, children or any other sexual relationship people desire. After all, those are “sexual orientations” too.

Sorry to be the bearer of enlightening news, but if someone indulges in sex with their aunt, niece, nephew, or is anyone has sex with children, that’s NOT sexual orientation. It’s called INCEST and PEDOPHILIA, regardless of whether those indulged in it are straight or gay. The majority of gays (like straights) do not condone these acts. Learn what sexual orientation is. Yet again another lie and supposed “fact” to besmirch gays.

6) Maggie Gallagher: Who is one (of not the) most vocal and insidious of homophobes recently exclaimed:

We are also looking for opportunities to lay the groundwork for a federal marriage amendment, if the Supreme Court refuses to respect people's right to vote for marriage.

Sorry Mags, but there will be no all across the board ban on gay marriage. In fact, not only will there not be a ban, gay marriage will be recognized in all of The United States. It may not happen in my lifetime or your's, but it will happen. I’m betting it’ll happen if I live long enough. See you when it does!

There you have it. Equality is on the way.

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