Monthly Archives: February 2004

Well boys and girls, the preznit has called for a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage, just as everyone knew he would. And wouldn’t you just know it — The Creature From the Blog Lagoon has penned a response. (You were expecting a link? As if ! )

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

WAR IS DECLARED: The president launched a war today against the civil rights of gay citizens and their families. And just as importantly, he launched a war to defile the most sacred document in the land. Rather than allow the contentious and difficult issue of equal marriage rights to be fought over in the states, rather than let politics and the law take their course, rather than keep the Constitution out of the culture wars, this president wants to drag the very founding document into his re-election campaign. He is proposing to remove civil rights from one group of American citizens – and do so in the Constitution itself. The message could not be plainer: these citizens do not fully belong in America. Their relationships must be stigmatized in the very Constitution itself.

And this surprises you?

The document that should be uniting the country will now be used to divide it, to single out a group of people for discrimination itself, and to do so for narrow electoral purposes.

So much for “I’m a uniter” eh Sully?

Not since the horrifying legacy of Constitutional racial discrimination in this country has such a goal been even thought of, let alone pursued. Those of us who supported this president in 2000, who have backed him whole-heartedly during the war, who have endured scorn from our peers as a result, who trusted that this president was indeed a uniter rather than a divider, now know the truth.

The truth was apparent from Day One. You chose to ignore it. Why you chose to ignore it is a matter of considerable speculation among politicians, activists, everyday citizens and that most despised of professional minorities, psychotherapists. Indeed Gay Republicans could have the followers of Freud — and even Lacan — up on their feet and running again. Le petit object A has never looked bigger.

NO MORE PROFOUND AN ATTACK: This president wants our families denied civil protection and civil acknowledgment. He wants us stigmatized not just by a law, not just by his inability even to call us by name, not by his minions on the religious right. He wants us stigmatized in the very founding document of America. There can be no more profound attack on a minority in the United States – or on the promise of freedom that America represents. That very tactic is so shocking in its prejudice, so clear in its intent, so extreme in its implications that it leaves people of good will little lee-way.

None, actually. But I’m sure you and your Log Cabinette pals are hard at work at devising some wiggle room for yourselves.

This president has now made the Republican party an emblem of exclusion and division and intolerance. Gay people will now regard it as their enemy for generations – and rightly so.

Well when didn’t we?

I knew this was coming, but the way in which it has been delivered and the actual fact of its occurrence is so deeply depressing it is still hard to absorb.

Let’s hear that again, shall we?

“I knew this was coming.”

You knew this was coming ?

And yet you insisted on supporting this man and his unelected cabal?

But the result is clear, at least for those who care about the Constitution and care about civil rights. We must oppose this extremism with everything we can muster. We must appeal to the fair-minded center of the country that balks at the hatred and fear that much of the religious right feeds on. We must prevent this graffiti from being written on a document every person in this country should be able to regard as their own.

In other words WE MUST JOIN THE LEFT!!!!!

Right Sully?

Hello?

This struggle is hard but it is also easy. The president has made it easy. He’s a simple man and he divides the world into friends and foes. He has now made a whole group of Americans – and their families and their friends – his enemy. We have no alternative but to defend ourselves and our families from this attack. And we will.

Really? How?

You’ve never attacked the Right before. You’ve only attacked the Left. Only the Left

The Left was the “real problem” for us all — isn’t that right Sully?

But for those of us on the Left, for those of us who started the Gay Liberation movement and continue to lead it inspite of you the struggle isn’t hard at all. It’s obvious. And the lines were drawn long before George W. Bush drew breath.

So whatcha gonna do, Sully?

Because your call to “war” has less resonance than anything Bugs ever said to Elmer. And in the immortal words of Daffy Duck, You’re despicable.

a suivre


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Sully On The Anti-Gay Amendment
Excerpt: ’bout time Andy woke up and smelled the bigoted coffee.
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