I've long felt the current spate of laws -- you can't do this because you're gay, can't have that because you're lesbian -- bears a discomfiting resemblance to Germany in the 1930s.
Both spring from a mindset that says a given people is so offensive to our sensibilities, that we are obliged to place them outside the circle of normal human compassion. We don't have to hear their cries, don't have to respect their humanity, because they are less than we -- and are responsible for everything that scares or threatens us.
Isn't it nice to see that some people do get it? That while our rights are being trampled by ShrubCo's top-down fascist-lite theocracy, there are at least a couple other human beings out there who care what's happening to us?
And you can't blame all of this on George W. He's not the one sponsoring anti-gay bills in Indiana like the ones introduced this year:
#1) Outlawing gay adoptions and foster parenting - Sen John Waterman
#2) Outlawing domestic partnership benefits for state universities - Sen John Waterman
#3) Amending the state constitution to ban same-sex civil marriage - Sen Brandt Hershmann and Rep Eric Turner
While comparing the atrocities the Nazi's perpetrated on the jewish people to the injustices being visited on our community may seem extreme, I find the similarities to also be striking. Around the country, in the year 2005, religous extremists are trying to take away our children, our ability to live peacefully with our partners, our inheritances, our right to visit sick and ailing loved ones in the hospital, and the legal contracts we already have in place to protect our families. No trains full of queers are running to the death camps yet, but as Pitts concludes, "How many would if they could?"