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My Vote for Nader, Vindicated

Posted by politicizer on June 16, 2009

Noah Baron, Staff Writer

According to AMERICAblog, Barack Obama’s legal team — likely on instructions from the White House — filed a motion to dismiss a legal challenge to the “Defense” of “Marriage” Act (DOMA). The full-length, fifty-four page assault on the Constitution and queer constituents can be found here. Among some of the claims the team makes are:

* Homosexuality is comparable to incest and pedophilia. Maybe if the Obama administration lawyers had a basic understanding of reality, they might comprehend that since children aren’t able to consent (unlike adults, the persons in question in same-sex marriage) the comparison to homosexuality is not a very good one. They might also understand the fact that incest has been scientifically linked to genetic problems in offspring, whereas homosexuality…not so much.

* DOMA is fine because it saves the federal government money. (Funny, I don’t recall that being a concern of the Obama administration.) Besides, aren’t our rights priceless? Or something? Maybe? This nonsense goes on and on; I encourage every person who voted for Obama to read this in full and then seriously reconsider voting for him again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Get out of my marriage! Why All State-Sanctioned “Marriages” Should Be Called Civil Unions

Posted by politicizer on June 6, 2009

Michele Walk, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, gay marriage became legal in New Hampshire, the sixth state to do so. According to the Boston Globe, proponents of the new law, including its perhaps most important supporter, Governor John Lynch, cited “individual liberties and protections” as to why they supported the measure. As with many such events, supporters of traditional marriage stood outside the New Hampshire State House, evoking God and the fact that “God meant marriage to be between a man and a woman” (again from the Globe). Looks like a typical gay marriage legislation signing, no? There were people supporting the righteous quest of equal rights on the inside, and God’s army on the outside. Not only is it a topical issue, but it reinforces our political stereotypes; it’s the perfect news item.

Or maybe not. Anyone who has ever been exposed to political journalism (whether it’s Fox News or CNN, newspapers, etc) have all had it ingrained in them specific stereotypes about each party, such as how Democrats tend to favor increased government involvement in society. The issue of gay marriage, however, stands as a direct contradiction of that, as it decreases government say on who should have marriage rights. This is just one more example of why attempting to throw people, and their parties, in pretty little ideological boxes because of who they vote for, just doesn’t work. We – conservatives and liberals alike – are being strangled by ideological stereotypes, and it really needs to end. Read the rest of this entry »

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