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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Posted by politicizer on June 10, 2009
Noah Baron, Staff Writer
According to recent news reports, the Supreme Court decided to refuse to grant cert to a case coming from the First Circuit in which the court upheld the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy as Constitutional.
Those who I’ve met who support the measure like to say that they “don’t want anyone talking about their private life at work” and that “private and work life should be separate”. Unfortunately, these people are operating under a flawed understand of both reality and the policy — and any accurate understanding of reality, combined with an accurate understanding of the policy and the Constitution, unperverted by ideological bias, should lead to the conclusion that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is unquestionably unconstitutional, for a variety of reasons.
First, allow me to debunk the notion that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is just about people keeping their private lives private. This is, of course, a ridiculous notion. Besides the fact that pretty much in any work situation, people are going to talk about and be asked about their personal lives (as someone who has held both full-time and part-time jobs, I can attest to this fact personally) — sometimes by their superiors. But this isn’t the extent of it. While many Americans might prefer for their co-workers to keep their private and public lives in totally different spheres, this becomes substantially harder when one lives at work; and this is exactly what American soldiers must do. Read the rest of this entry »
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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 »
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: civil unions, gay marriage, Gay Rights, Marriage Rights, religion, Traditional Marriage | 1 Comment »