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Monday, May 08, 2006

N06, anti-gay referendum petition challenge

I have been for full equality for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters since before it was cool. I was writing in favor of lifting the ban on gays and lesbians before President Clinton enacted the flawed "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Since I first spoke publicly for equality, the national mood has moved away from bigotry and toward my position.

However, the Republican Party is scared. All indicators point to the party receiving a crushing defeat in November. See Daily Kos or Capitol Fax Blog. Both link to the Hotline Blog.

In Illinois the GOP strategy is to have an anti-gay marriage referendum on the ballot to energize the bigoted voters to turn out in large numbers. At Illinoize Yellow Dog Democrat covers the status of the referendum. YDD seems to think the referendum was submitted with few enough signatures it can be knocked off the ballot. It only has 25% over the minimum required.

If you would like to help knock the referendum off the ballot email Volunteer@EQIL.org. If you would like to help the bigots, you can volunteer or donate to Illinois Family Institute.

3 Comments:

  • Your predjudice is so avant-guard. bravo.

    If you are so confident that the public supports gay marriage then why are you resorting to behind doors legal tactics to keep it off the ballot?

    By Blogger Roy, at 5:13 PM, May 09, 2006  

  • it's not hard to find historical examples of popular bigotry. Thomas Sowell, generally considered a conservative thinker, notes many in a very good book entitled, if memory serves me, Race and Politics. these are actions like expelling the overeland Chinese. Where practiced, such expulsion pretty thoroughly destroys commercial life.
    The American Missionary Association was set up with its own money by dissident Congregationalists who wanted to work to end slavery more than they wanted to win a church vote on the question.
    What useful social purpose other than spillover votes is served by an anti-gay marriage resolution?

    By Blogger PastorNancy, at 5:52 PM, May 09, 2006  

  • I'm not sure if that comment was directed at Carl or me, but the gist is correct. Banning gay marriage enjoys wide popular support. Usually when you can't win elections you go to court to protect your rights. After that, you resort to debate and winning ideas. Naked righteousness doesn't factor in, and quite frankly, it's a loser's attitude.

    By Blogger Roy, at 2:19 PM, May 10, 2006  

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