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Yesterday, the people of the
great state of Texas voted in favor of a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
But apparently, Texas already had a state-wide law banning gay marriage.
Okay, here’s the deal. Politicians who want conservative votes love anti-gay and anti-abortion issues. These topics draw right-wingers like moths to a flame, with no concerns about facts or truth or nuance. I figure that some clever politician wanted to drum up some votes, saw that there was already an anti-gay law on the books and said “well fuck it, let’s go for an anti-gay amendment.” Frankly, I think that these politicians secretly hope that these laws fail so that they can use them again next time, while simultaneously whipping up a furor about how Christians are minority persecutees in this country (which pisses me off too. The country’s about 75% Christian, and nearly all elected officials are Chrisitan. Could you shut the fuck up about being persecuted already?)
Unfortunately for these politicians, anti-gay laws are not a renewable resource (although hate is). Sure, now that they’ve exhausted gay marriage as an agitation tool, they’ve still got gay adoption. But what do they have after that? Gay teachers? Gay dentistry? Having same-sex friends?
As I always say, I don’t care so much about the actual marriage issue, I’m just outraged by the message behind these laws. They say that if you’re attracted to people of the same sex, then you’re less human and don’t deserve the same treatment and respect of “real” humans.
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