Monday, January 30, 2006

Let's Let the Voters Decide

The anti-gay folks bring up this little gem everytime a legislature (state or otherwise) brings up any ballot that might mildly support gay people--from gay rights to gay marriage to gay adoption. The problem is that it's just such a ridiculous claim.

Give me a break. They're not interested in what the voters want unless the voters are on their side. If the voters were on the side of gays (which they sometimes are), you know good and well they would be taking it to the courts and trying to keep it as far away from the voters as possible.

It's fine, that's how politics and goverment work--you have to use any means necessary to win (i.e. courts, legislature, voters, etc.). But at least lets be honest.

We want to win. Most on the far left and the far right couldn't care less what the voters wanted if the voters didn't agree with them, so let's stop pretending they do. Let's just be honest. They should just say, "We're right, you're wrong, and we are going to use any legal method to make our view law. If that means a vote, great, but if the vote's not with us, we'll try something else."


At 31/1/06 7:07 AM, Anonymous Steve Boese said...

Yup, yup, yup...

There's a little thing called the tyranny of the majority.

The question, for me, isn't who wins, it is which principle wins. Does the principle of religious liberty win? Or will it be the principle that a religious coalition can establish itself (a First Amendment no-no) as the arbiter of civil rights?

When the Supreme Court declared that the state of Virginia could no longer outlaw mixed-race marriages, elected officials had enacted and continued to support the law.

At 31/1/06 7:43 PM, Blogger Brady said...

Good points, Steve. The problem is getting people to understand that if another religious coalition opposite of theirs were to take over, they would most likely be unhappy. It's hard to get people to put themselves in other people's shoes, though.


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