June 14, 2007

Liberals Cheer Defeated “Bigots”

Filed under: Democrats,Politics — acepundit @ 2:29 pm

Today’s action by the Massachusetts legislature blocking a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed voters to decide whether to ban gay marriage is the top story around the liberal blogosphere. They’re ecstatic because if given the chance, the people in the supposedly free state of Massachusetts in the supposedly free country known as the United States might overturn a decision enforced by the courts protecting gay marriage.

Pretending he knows something about the “tenets upon which this nation was founded,” Kos gushes over the decision:

Little by little, this country will realize that granting special rights to straight couples violates every tenet upon which this nation was founded…It’s the difference between people who embrace love, and those who seek to politicize and demonize it.

Funny how the liberals who supposedly fight for the “rights of all” against the bigotry of the Right are absolutely silent when it comes the fight of polygamists to be recognized by the state.

Notice how Kos says it’s our favoring of “straight couples” that’s such a major violation of the tenet upon which blah blah blah. To liberals, sexuality shouldn’t matter. But they could care less about quantity. “Special rights” to straight couples is evil because it implies those rights aren’t extended to gay couples. But what about gay or straight quartets? Isn’t telling the polygamy-practicing sect of the Mormon community that they can’t have more than one spouse “politicizing and demonizing” love?

Whenever faced with that question in the past liberals usually just cried slippery slope, but now that polygamists are indeed fighting just as hard for the same rights we supposedly have to extend to gay couples, they just simply ignore it and hope no one notices.



  1. Perhaps its the libertarian in me, but I have very little concern over the ‘moral’ conclusions of this decision. Personally, I don’t care what consenting adults do. However, what I do find perplexing about this is the “need” for a federal decision. My default position is to favor states’ rights, but in this case it does pose complications between states, as well as for federal purposes (taxation, etc…). Thus, I think there needs to be some sort of national decision that would override states’ individual laws.

    Comment by The Gentle Cricket — June 14, 2007 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

  2. I disagree with your idea of a national decision. It’s currently up to the states and it should remain that way. My problem with the decision is that the legislature blocked a process that would have allowed the people to decide. Same-sex marriage usually doesn’t survive at the ballot, even in liberal states, so I feel today’s decision was a way to keep the people from enacting their preferences.


    Comment by acepundit — June 14, 2007 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

  3. If your religion requires polygamy, why should it be forbidden? It seems bizarre that in a country which claims to support people’s right to practice their religion, we should say that only those religions which define marriage as one man/one woman should be able to do so.

    There are practices which are followed in some polygamous communities which should be forbidden: for example, forcing a woman or girl to marry against her will. This is a totally separate issue, and an initiation of force, and must be forbidden. But if you want to have 6 wives and 5 co-husbands, or whatever other combination may make you happy, I’ll fight to the death for your right to do so.

    Of course, the right answer is to remove government entirely from the business of defining, performing, licensing, or sanctioning marriage at all. It’s really either a religious matter, in which case your church should be able to define it as they like, or a contractual/business matter, in which case there is no reason for the state to do anything except enforce the contracts as written.

    Comment by Rich Paul — June 14, 2007 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

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