I Won’t Be Celebrating Today

Yes, I’m glad Obama won. But he’s still a politician, and though I’m sure he’ll be light years better than his predecessor or the alternatives, he won’t fix all, or most, or even many, of the country’s problems.

The real reason I won’t be celebrating, though, is that while we elected a guy who talks about abstract concepts of hope and change, many people voted in ways that will cause immediate and concrete harm to real people. I’m talking about the ignorant jerks in California, Arizona and Florida who rejected marriage equality and the morons in Arkansas who banned adoption by gay couples. Real people will suffer because of those votes.

And for no reason. There is absolutely no rational basis for denying marital benefits to gay couples. There is no rational basis for refusing to let gay people adopt children. It is ignorance and prejudice. Period. No one who actually know any gay people could support those ridiculous laws.

All of that on a night when we elected our first black president. Unfortunately, as all the California exit polls show, black people are not very good at extending to others the same rights they fought for themselves. As if equality is a limited resource they need to horde to themselves, something others could steal from them, rather than a blessing for all that only increases the more people share it.

Well, piss on them. And the same to anyone else who voted yes on these unjustly discriminatory laws.

Maybe things will change. The polls also show that younger folks strongly support equality. Maybe Obama – who mentioned accepting gays in his speech last night – can help move things in the right direction. At least gay bashing won’t be part of the federal agenda. Still, right now, I’m angry and disappointed. Yes, we elected a black president, but just as in the days of segregation, many Americans are still eager to condemn their fellow humans for the shallowest and most irrational of reasons.

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12 Comments on “I Won’t Be Celebrating Today”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Amen, brother! Last night was no progressive sweep, as much as I might wish it to be. I will point out that Pam parsed the numbers in California, and while black voters did overwhelmingly support Prop 8, they represent only 6.2% of California’s population. There were plenty of white voters who also pulled the lever for Obama and discrimination at the same time. Dammit! What is wrong with people?

  2. Himself Says:

    I still don’t see how basic human rights can be forbidden by majority rule. By that logic, could we pass an amendemnt forbidding evangelicals from marrying or adopting as well?

    And say what you will about politicians, it was Lyndon Johnson, one of the masters, who strongarmed civil rights legislation through Congress. Anyone think it would have happened by referendum?

  3. Mom Says:

    In Obama’s speech last night he said “This victory alone is not the change we seek it is only the chance for us to make that change” Later he spoke of “unyielding hope”. There is always hope Wheeler – hold on to it.

  4. KC Says:

    Wheeler

    I don’t know enough about the California measure…does it over-rule their well established domestic partnerships or just take the word ‘marriage ” off the table for same sex couples?

  5. Steph Says:

    Most of the time I am just pissed off when I read things like this. This time, I just felt sick and had to cry. I guess it’s because this time it hit home hard. I was married in CA and I felt as if I had a little equality bubble to run to if things became too hard at home in Louisiana. My bubble burst today. To make myself feel better, I read this sarcastic post on myspace:

    10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong…

    .. 1) Being gay is not “natural”.
    .. And real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning, tattoos, piercings and silicon breasts…

    .. 2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay.
    .. In the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

    .. 3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior.
    .. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract. Lamps are next.

    .. 4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all;
    .. Hence women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

    .. 5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed;
    .. And we can’t let the sanctity of Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage be destroyed… and what about my “for the cheaper car insurance” wedding

    .. 6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children.
    .. So therefore, gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our population isn’t out of control, our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

    .. 7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children,
    .. Since, of course, straight parents only raise straight children.

    .. 8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion.
    .. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.
    .. (Did I miss the lesson where Jesus says He hates gays?)

    .. 9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home.
    .. Which is exactly why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

    .. 10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new norms.
    .. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

  6. Texas Redhead Loser Says:

    I like that list, Steph. Kudos for maintaining a sense of humor about it.

    This whole thing seems like such a no-brainer and yet I personally know people who are patting themselves on the back for voting for Obama (“we’re so progessive”) and yet they think it’s okay to ban gay marriage. The mind boggles.

  7. mauriceloridans Says:

    Will someone please answer KC’s question. I want to know too.

    If you seek to overturn a constitutional amendment (through some legal device I have never heard of) there ought to be something of legal substance that differentiates marriage from civil union.

    I’m not saying you shouldn’t resent the folks who voted for the amendment. I just don’t know the answer to KC’s question.

  8. Wheeler Says:

    so far as i know, california’s amendment leaves the civil unions. florida’s, i think, gets rid of even those.

    the more i think about this, though, the arkansas amendment is the worst. they’re saying all the kids in foster care are better there than in the homes of gay people. no way you can square that with actual evidence.

  9. KC Says:

    did a little on line research …according to the AP “California will still allow same-sex civil unions, which offer many of the legal trappings of marriage.”

    I do think a move to get rid of civil unions would have lost in California, and that there are alot of people who support a civil uniont, sepreate and apart from calling it a marriage….

  10. Steph Says:

    Civil unions vs. marriage sounds strikingly similar to “separate but equal”. Your public school is just as nice as mine, so why are you complaining about having to go to a separate school?

  11. KC Says:

    Steph

    I understand your point, but it seems to me that the effect of the Amendment in California is really limited to preventing the California court from changing the definition of the word “marriage”


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