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Since 2008 – Progress Through Politics

A majority comprised of dirtbags are still dirtbags.

(crossposted from Green Mountain Daily)

Nota bene: It doesn’t matter how many of you there are. It doesn’t matter what legislation you manage to get passed. Being in the majority may make you a majority, but it doesn’t make you right.

When voters in Arizona elected Jan Brewer, that didn’t make her a moral paragon. It simply meant that a bunch of dirtbags elected one of their own.

When voters in Virginia, during my time there, passed the Marshall-Newman amendment to that state’s Constitution forever denying same sex couples equal rights to marriage, neither their majority, nor their religion, conferred any sort of moral rectitude.

It simply meant that there were enough dirtbags there to enshrine hatred and bigotry into the constitution of the Commonwealth.

Stopped-clock-right-twice-a-day moment:

“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).” -Ayn Rand

This was the deal the LAST time North Carolina amended their Constitution with respect to marriage:

What they did last night is no less shameful. The gulf of years, and the target, changes nothing.


Hey, North Carolina: If your marriage is so weak it’s threatened by what gays do, you don’t need a Constitutional amendment, you need marriage counseling.

To those accusing me of being random in my ire… “there are so many other states”… and uneven in my sense of injustice… “what about your own state of California”… you’re right. It’s random and uneven and even a little bit of a hissy fit. And… so fucking what. A vast majority of North Carolinian primary voters tonight suck rodent balls and I for one feel like tell them to chew on snot. So there.


  1. fogiv

    If your marriage is so weak it’s threatened by what gays do, you don’t need a Constitutional amendment, you need marriage counseling.

    totally. like these a-holes actually care about the ‘sanctity’ of marriage.  by state, highest divorce rate among men: Arkansas, Maine, Oklahoma, Alabama.  Among women: Alaska, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas.


  2. fogiv

    President Obama has now shattered any doubt about the administration’s commitment to achieving fully equal civil rights for the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community.  No shades of gray.  No politically sculpted safe place for the president to endorse same sex civil unions over marriages. No separate but equal. None of that any more.

    What the president finally did today is brave. Others around the country have beaten him to the position. At this past year’s Human Rights Campaign dinner, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s full-throated, resounding embrace of and support for gay marriage made President Obama’s comments supporting the rights of gays (but not marriage) seem thin and weak-kneed. But Bloomberg is not behind the Oval Office desk — and does not have to win presidential contests in North Carolina.

    The question many in Washington are now asking is “Why did Obama do this?” “What’s the political driver here?” “Why now?”

    Perhaps Joe Biden’s comments on the Sunday show were a fumble that the president decided to pick up in a magnificent display of conscience kicking in.  

    Or perhaps more likely, the president in one of his regular private lunch meetings with the vice president encouraged Biden to stir things up by expressing his support for gays and gay marriage.


    By supporting gay marriage, Obama is giving his crowd, his base, something to go to the streets to fight for. And to the cynics on the political right who think that Obama loses in a head on culture war, he is saying “Bring it On” — not only because he thinks that supporting gay marriage is the right thing to do, but because it may now be very smart politics.

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