Thursday, April 07, 2005


Gay Marriage (HJR 6)

Earlier this week there was a lively debate here about a bill in the Texas House that would ban same-sex marriages. Polipundit has more about this at the national level this morning:
The State of Kansas on Tuesday voted to re-affirm its existing ban on gay marriages. The margin was 71-29.

And, along those lines, below is a breakdown of the voting margins, to ban gay marriages, in the 15 states which have done so, by direct referendums, since Howard Dean’s Vermont became the very first, and only, jurisdiction to recognize “civil unions” for same-sex couples outside of the judicial system:

57-43 = Oregon.
59-41 = Michigan.
62-38 = California.
62-38 = Ohio.
66-34 = Utah.
67-33 = Montana.
71-29 = Kansas.
71-29 = Missouri.
73-27 = North Dakota.
75-25 = Arkansas.
75-25 = Kentucky.
76-24 = Georgia.
76-24 = Oklahoma.
78-22 = Louisiana.
86-14 = Mississippi.

These votes have not even been close people. Polipundit goes on to conclude with something that was pretty apparent from the comments made here by supporters of changing marriage:
The thing that I, for one, have found, well, quite surreal, to be frank about it, is the extent to which supporters of gay marriage have ensconced themselves in revolving conundrums of sheer political reality denial.

The overwhelming majority of voters in this country do not want gay marriages to be recognized. We can sit around and debate the merits of the underlying questions, all day, but it won’t change that pure political reality. Yet, the more states which go ahead and directly vote to ban recognition of those unions, by overwhelming, super-majorities, no less, the louder the proponents thereof continue to shout that they’re “inevitable,” and a “winning issue,” politically speaking, from their standpoint.

Of course, it is a "winning issue" for supporters in the courts and that is why it is so important to win the battle on judicial nominees. You can see the whole Polipundit post here.
This is a good reason why we need an independent judiciary to protect the rights of minority groups.
I wonder what a similar breakdown of votes would have been back in the 1950s and '60s when states were voting to maintain segregated schools and banning interracial marriages.
The fact that a majority supports an issue at any given time does not make it right.
Mike two things:

1. Being gay and being black are two very different things, and

2. I am not going to miss you when I am off fishing next week.;-)
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