Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Homosexuals, the Senate, and the Looney Right-Wing

So the following is an e-mail, in its entirety, that I received from the American Family Association. Apparently I am on their mailing list ever since I took a vote on the CE/BCE and BC/AD issue that they think will destroy the American Family.

U.S. Senate To Vote On Homosexual Marriage June 6
The most important vote in the Senate this year! The future of our children is at stake.

Dear Jason,
On June 6, the U.S. Senate will vote on the constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Time is short! It is critical that you contact your senators and ask them to vote for the Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA).
Once homosexual marriage is legal, our religious liberties will be stripped away. Even pro-homosexual marriage advocates agree with that statement. To understand how this will happen, please take time read Dr. Maggie Gallagher's very detailed and accurate article by clicking here. Print it out and give a copy to your pastor!
We expect Democratic senators to vote to kill the MPA. The public is not aware that the Democratic National Committee has given thousands of dollars to homosexual groups to help promote homosexual marriage.
The groups supporting homosexual marriage have activist judges waiting to make homosexual marriage legal. It is expected that the Washington state Supreme Court will rule homosexual marriage legal as soon as the elections are over. Some feel the ruling has already been made, but they will not release it until after the November elections. They don't want to hurt the pro-homosexual liberal nominees in the elections.
Only a constitutional amendment will stop homosexual marriage from becoming the law of the land.
Take Action
It is extremely important that you email your senators today, and get as many others as possible to do the same. Please, please forward this to your family and friends!
Click here to send an email to your two senators.
If you think our efforts are worthy, would you please support us with a small gift? Thank you for caring enough to get involved.

Sincerely,
Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
American Family Association

P.S. Please forward this e-mail message to your family and friends!
I will now proceed to destroy their entire fear-based argument about the "evilness" of this issue.

1. Once homosexual marriage is legal, our religious liberties will be stripped away. Even pro-homosexual marriage advocates agree with that statement.
Um, no, I don't agree, because that is idiocy. Religious freedom is one of the key elements of our Constitution. You (if you are a fundie neo-con living in fear of two men that hold hands) will not have to change your beliefs. Your church will not have to perform homosexual marriages. You can even still preach against them if you so desire. You can still go to church, you can still send out hate e-mails such as this one if you like, hell, you can even tell us we're still going to hell. No religious liberties could or would be stripped. Dumbasses.

2. The public is not aware that the Democratic National Committee has given thousands of dollars to homosexual groups to help promote homosexual marriage.
Okay, dumbasses, listen up. The DNC doesn't give money to organizations, organizations give them money to help elect and promote democratic candidates. And the Democrats have never even said they were pro-gay marriage, they simply aren't stupid enough to want to write discrimination into the Constitution! Half the time they hem and haw and say, "We're for civil unions." Yes, they too are fuckin' wimps half the time, but at least they aren't in-your-face hate-mongers, just behind our backs.

3. The groups supporting homosexual marriage have activist judges waiting to make homosexual marriage legal. It is expected that the Washington state Supreme Court will rule homosexual marriage legal as soon as the elections are over. Some feel the ruling has already been made, but they will not release it until after the November elections. They don't want to hurt the pro-homosexual liberal nominees in the elections.
Sigh... Paranoid much? "Activist judges," eh? Yeah, I can see it now, we're all meeting in our underground bunker off the coast of the Basemantic Ocean, trying to figure out timetables with pie charts and graphs, getting thousand upon millions of dollars in campaign funds from the DNC to try to bribe those "activist judges" into ruling against the Constitution they swore on the fucking Bible to uphold just so Rich and I can get married in a church who has been forced into Homosexual Activist Slavery by the Left-Wing Socialist Movement, subsidiary of the Homosexual Agenda, of which I am a proud, card-carrying member. But I digress.

If the Washington Supreme Court rules that to deny two individuals who love each other a piece of paper from a civil court that simply states that what's his is mine and what's mine is his and has no religious overtones (implied or overt), it isn't because they are afraid of the Big Bad Homo's in their designer Prada S.W.A.T. suits. It's because they have found that the constitution states that all people must be treated equally, with dignity, respect, and the right to liberty and pursuit of happiness. Is this too hard a concept to grasp?

4. Only a constitutional amendment will stop homosexual marriage from becoming the law of the land.
Hey, that might be the only accurate statement in the whole e-mail! See, truth isn't that hard or scary!

CHALLENGE: If anyone, anywhere can give me ONE sound, reasonable, logical, non-fundie-bible based argument why it matters if two men or two women get married, please post it here. (That includes you, Adam.)


I have not read "Maggie Gallagher's very detailed and accurate article" (Sure it is) yet, but I'm sure that when it's all said and done, it won't be worth my time, or the bytes of data it took to create it. However, in the spirit of remaining a non-censuring blogger, I have relinked her article from the e-mail to the quoted e-mail above so that you, dear reader, can read it at your leisure, if you so desire.

7 comments:

Dar said...

The AFA website has a link to use their letter to write to your Senators. It lets you edit that letter also...so I was happy to rephrase a few things on behalf the gay population.

I know a gay couple right now trying to adopt...it's been a rough go for them so far. It's a shame the discrimination they face, while they are both wonderful contributors to society that has absolutely nothing to do with their sexual orientation. I feel that thier relationship is stronger than most hetero couples I know, and I've learn alot about love from wathcing the two of them interact. They will make wonderful parents someday, and hopefully legal husbands!

It is APALLING and IGNORANT for anyone to assume that a decent American family only consists of a mother and a father. As a single mother for ten years, I would have to say that our home would have been in horrible shape if the father was around, and he is hetero.

The AFA is just plain wrong, and I let my Senators know it. Good Luck, Jason. I hope you and Rich will get to legally marry one another in the near future!

Kelly said...

That was a really nice comment by Dar. I was going to write some kind of smartass comment about marriage, but I just can't now. Well, maybe just this:

Hey, if Catholic Priests can't marry other guys, then no one can!

I really hope someone does post a comment saying why 2 men/2 women can't (or shouldn't) get married because I don't see why not. It's very unfortunate that religion sways people to hate.

Like Bill Maher said recently: Jesus wasn't hanging out for all that time alone in the desert with those disciples for nothing! ;)

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Jason Hughes said...

Thank you Dar, Kelly, and Darkmind for your thoughts and comments. I'm still waiting to hear from Adam or some other rightwing nut about this, but alas, I fear only disappointment in the future concerning baiting them, or the fact that we may get married one day.

We have looked at the possibilities of wills and other legal documents, and while the trend toward upholding these documents is getting better, the fact still stands that sometimes the faimly of the other member of the couple wins everything and the surviving partner gets nothing despite the thousands of dollars you could pour into something like that. And while we don't, fortunately, have family members like that (who would challenge our dying wishes and such), and we have written up wills and other documents, I still find it unbelievable that two straight people can get drunk in Las Vegas and get married by Elvis and inherently get all the rights and privileges while we have to shell out a couple thousand dollars.

Inequality sucks. But time and logic will prevail, of that I am sure.

One other thoughts about the benefits of marriage: A wife doesn't have to buy back half her house after her husband dies, she gets his social security benefits, she gets to make legal decisions about his health and well-being without a will or legal notice, she can place him on her insurance policy at work... there are a myriad of things that striaght couples can (and should) take for granted. All I'm asking for is the same thing: to be able to take Rich for granted. :D

Cori said...

In South Africa this has recently been the hot topic, as our high court endorsed a same-sex marriage in December last year. However, they've given a year before the law will become 'activated'. See more on this here. This was an interesting case, where petitions and voting seemed to suggest that the majority didn't want same-sex marriage to be legalised but the court still chose to legalise it in order to practice their democratic responsibility to protect minority groups.

I've put this all very badly, not being good with legal jargon ... But what stood out for me here and from what you're saying in the States, people are so easily threatened by anything new. In a few years time I reckon everyone will have forgotten what all the fuss was about, just as we've forgotten the fuss made when women got the vote or, even worse, women started taking positions of leadership in the church.

It just takes a little getting used to and then every thing will settle down!

Weird said...

I am sure that you are already aware of the e-mail campaign in opposition to the Fed Mar Amend. If not I just blogged it earlier today. http://slackhack.blogspot.com/2006/05/pinging-senators-and-representatives.html

Weird

Cori said...

In South Africa this has recently been the hot topic, as our high court endorsed a same-sex marriage in December last year. However, they've given a year before the law will become 'activated'. See more on this here. This was an interesting case, where petitions and voting seemed to suggest that the majority didn't want same-sex marriage to be legalised but the court still chose to legalise it in order to practice their democratic responsibility to protect minority groups.

I've put this all very badly, not being good with legal jargon ... But what stood out for me here and from what you're saying in the States, people are so easily threatened by anything new. In a few years time I reckon everyone will have forgotten what all the fuss was about, just as we've forgotten the fuss made when women got the vote or, even worse, women started taking positions of leadership in the church.

It just takes a little getting used to and then every thing will settle down!