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From today's Trib:
But the issue here is not religion, it's the law. Gays want a secular law for their union, which President Bush--and the vast majority of Congress--oppose. Bush cautioned us against judging the "sinners," but he would still deny gays the right of marriage. Well, if we start denying civil rights to sinners, I guess we better include the slothful, the gluttonous, and the covetous. So people left in this country with civil rights would be, um, nobody. Certainly nobody in Congress.
There was a time in this country when we thought women were too silly to vote, that segregation was a good idea, that blacks and whites could not fight alongside each other in the military. We cringe to remember our folly at these beliefs. In 20 years, we will look back with equal horror on people who thought there should be a law against gay marriage.
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Geez, I *hope* it takes only 20 years. At the rate we're going, I have my doubts.
jima @ 08/19/2003 10:06 AM CST
Mark Twain said it best: "The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them."
To me it's unfathomable that people can't seem to see that this view of gay marriage is just like the "separate but equal" policies that were held when blacks were more openly oppressed.
It all boils down to people being afraid of other people who are different in whatever way. But, what is sad is that rather than attempt to rise above this fear, they hold tightly to it and hold it in high regard.
Our "president" is the biggest frightened crybaby of the bunch.
Debbie @ 08/19/2003 10:27 AM CST
Didja happen to notice that this issue has popped up again, just as things were getting unbearably hot in the White House? I think this gay marriage discussion is simply a distraction. Dubya's much more comfortable talking about other people's sins than his own.
... of course, we don't know what he was doing for those months he was away from the ANG back in '73, do we?
Charlie @ 08/19/2003 05:38 PM CST
No, we sure don't.
jima @ 08/19/2003 08:43 PM CST
A conservative has been defined as someone "who believes nothing should be done for the first time".
Once gay marriage becomes normal in Europe, and US citizens nip over the Canadian border to get married, then they will change the law. But I think it will come sooner than 20 years - just think of the last 20 years.
Larry Lurex @ 08/20/2003 04:14 AM CST