Wednesday, November 4, 2009

This has nothing to with Wordle, but I don't know where else to say this:

I reject and abhor those who would deprive my fellow citizens of their equal status under the law. These people couch their bigotry and fear in carefully crafted bullshit.

It's time, once again, for the courts to stand for justice, and to strike down these outrageous laws, which deprive people of their rights.

23 comments:

pcone said...

Same sex marriage has been legal in Canada for some time now. We've had a lesbian couple and their son living next door for 4 or 5 years. They are a family of people and good neighbours. Their presence in the neighbourhood is as normal as any other family. We are lucky to have them living beside us.

Steve said...

If everything were left up to referenda, slavery would still be legal in some states. It's time for our President to promulgate right-to-marry proclamation for those denied this right legislatively.

We're not talking about a union "sanctioned by God" here; we're talking about a union sanctioned by the government, and carrying with it all the rights and responsibilities afforded any other legal (as opposed to spiritual) marriage.

Calimyrna Moon said...

If this were a Wordle word cloud, the largest word in my email would be: YES!

Deborah said...

Marriage Equality: YES!!!!!!!

Ted said...

Cool.
:)

Kate Douglas said...

Personally, I don't think you can post this enough. Disenfranchising an entire segment of our society is not only wrong, it weakens us as a nation.

Zach said...

Wow - I came to the Wordle blog for some technical help, and am surprised to find myself moved by this unexpected post. This is an issue that affects me personally. Separate but equal? I don't think so. Thank you for your support.

elizabethfhg said...

Well, I also came to your blog for technical help and did not realize there would be a value issue to be faced with. This issue is much deeper than what appears so simple on the surface. If it were simply equal rights or seeing all people as equal, that would simplify deeply held beliefs by many caring, loving people. Why do we need to change the definitions or words to make someone feel legitimized? Furthermore, why is it when someone holds a different viewpoint than those expressed here they are put down and degraded? Whether one believes in same-sex marriage or not does not make either privy to hate comments or ridicule.

Jonathan Feinberg said...

Elizabeth-

First of all, thanks for your comment.

It's not about mere "definitions"; it's about specific rights and privileges (having to do with property, power of attorney, etc.) granted or withheld by the government.

I do not have unkind words for a person whose beliefs differ from mine. My scorn is reserved for people, in power, who justify their prejudices (either arbitrary or based on their own narrow "religious" ideas) with euphemisms and obfuscation. They are engaging in bullshit, and that infuriates me.

My Vegan World said...

Thank you for posting this. The link was interesting and informative. Also shocking. It's 2009 and we still treat people differently. Sometimes I despair of human beings, we get so much wrong.

~Bungalow Bill~ said...

Amen

Daan (Dan) said...

clicked on here by 'accident'(you're in my list of faves) and can only agree with your anger/feeling annoyed towards people in power who still can't seem to understand that ones sexuality has loads of implications - and it shouldn't, not in 2009/2010...

Ann Graham said...

Well said!! I agree! And, thanks for the posting.

Adoption Of Jane Ug-LBC said...

Well said!

Edgington said...

Wow --- that's all.

Mick said...

IMHO, all rights for married couples should be done away with. We should all simply be individual humans. We should all pay a percentage of our income in taxes. Benefits should be based on an individual. Not color, sex, orientation, etc... Why not take everyone to the least common denominator.

fiona said...

Thank you!!
Obama's election was almost ruined for many of us in California by the passing of Proposition 8. I couldn't believe it...

Shadiin said...

I am moved by the integrity of this blog.

nora-birds said...

Thanks.
(From the other side of the Atlantic.)

Karen said...

Well said. Amen.

Ann Carnevale said...

Simply - Thank you!!!

jonathan.d.martin said...

Thank you for your post!

Mrs. Foellmer said...

I am coming to this quite long after the fact, but better late than never. Thank you for taking a stand and posting it. It's about time all are treated fairly in a land where equality is supposed to be our basis. I share your scorn for those who engage the bs, particularly those who do it in the name of God. The God I know would never discriminate.