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Those of us who have invested time, money and effort to overcome homophobia in terms of marriage equality know Maggie Gallagher all to well. She's the president of an "institute" that essentially exists to deprive homosexuals of the right to marry. Most of her detractors, myself included, would characterize her as a bitter and hateful woman who is hell-bent on imposing her very narrow personal views on the rest of society. Never mind what anyone else thinks about this or who it hurts... it's all about Maggie's way.
Props to the folks who created this little computer-animated and voiced video, which in a few minutes pretty much describes this battle-ax of a woman.
For someone who espouses so-called "family values, she sure is a hater. If there is a Heaven, I hope her reservation gets "lost" somehow.
It's not over. Not by a long shot. But today a federal judge struck down California's Proposition 8, the 2008 statewide ballot issue that essentially made same-sex couples second class citizens. And he advanced a fairly sweeping opinion that makes a whole lot of sense.
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay
men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed the evidence
shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California
constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same
Plaintiffs do not seek recognition of a new right. To characterize
plaintiffs’ objective as "the right to same-sex marriage" would suggest
that plaintiffs seek something different from what opposite-sex couples
across the state enjoy —— namely, marriage. Rather, plaintiffs ask
California to recognize their relationships for what they are:
Props to Judge Vaughn Walker for doing the hard work to create a fact-packed decision. This isn't some activist judge making law from the bench. This is a thoughtful, bold ruling.
As Rachel Maddow opined this evening, in this country we don't put rights up for a popular vote. Rights are not a popularity contest, where the majority gets to impose some kind of moral superiority on the minority.
Keith Olberman's "special comment" from November 10, 2008 is worth revisiting...
[h/t Barb and Pico at DK for zeroing in on the excerpts]
Recently I watched a boatload of YouTube videos related in some way to California's Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Several of us worked on a research project that looked at how people made their opinions known via YouTube.
None of the videos were as moving as this one from an old man speaking out at a public forum in Maine against their Question One ballot measure.