Friday, June 15, 2007

One Out of Fifty Ain't Bad

Today McBone is proud of the state of Massachusetts, whose legislature overwhelmingly voted down a measure that would seek to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. I was ashamed in 2004 when such a measure not only appeared on my ballot (conspicuously positioned above the presidential nominees) but was ratified in a landslide by Ohio voters.

Massachusetts is the only state in our union in which gays have been granted full marriage rights. Civil unions exist in five others. That makes 44 states with a backward, bigoted policy toward a minority group.

The Defense of Marriage Act is an abomination in every possible way and a perversion of what the United States is supposed to stand for: tolerance, freedom and the unimpeded pursuit of happiness. Furthermore, all of these statewide attempts to marginalize gays have done nothing but send civil rights back fifty years. Or maybe we never really got out of the fifties, since it seems there are certain demographics that got left behind.

Massachusetts' wisdom, coupled with the recent death of Jerry Falwell, is at least a ray of hope amid all this backwardness.

McBone demands equal rights for all people regardless of race, gender, religion, creed, education, eye color, height, weight, IQ, hairstyle, athletic ability, personal hygiene, and, yes, even sexual orientation.

Gays are not monsters. Bigots are.


Oh, and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Gravel supports gay marraige.

Countries with full gay marriage rights: Canada, Holland, Spain, Belgium, South Africa.

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