Edward Fox

Marriage Myths I

Filed By Edward Fox | June 14, 2006 6:36 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics

There are many myths about marriage, and the ones that are used to obfuscate any discussion of present-day gay bashing cry out to be exposed. The old school rhyme went "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Like many things you learn in school, that is utter nonsense. Domestic violence workers know that psychological trauma heals more slowly and less perfectly than physical trauma; and words are the tools bigots wield to oppress whomever they target in their campaign to raise money and amass power. I intend to point out many ways that twisted words, from twisted minds, are poisoning our political discussion and threatening our Constitution.

First myth (in no significant order):

"It is over." The Senate has voted and we are spared, for the nonce, the agony of fighting state-by-state ratification of an amendment intended to repeal the Fourteenth (equal justice) and much of the First (religious freedom) Amendments to our Constitution and damage the Third Article (independent judiciary) as well as part of the Sixth (no religious test to qualify for office). But that is a hollow victory, not merely because many of the votes necessary to avoid this disaster were at least as squishy as our junior Senator's, but because the politicians who scheduled the vote, led by the President, did so to further their political ambitions. They may believe in the content of the amendment, or not, but they acted not to pass it, they knew the motion would fail, but to improve their prospects for the fall elections by creating divisions in the electorate and pandering to bigots who hate the freedom we now enjoy from their prejudices.

So shameless politicians will be hammering the point from now until November, at the very least, and we must take advantage of this opportunity to change the discourse. When they bring up the subject, we must always be there to point out that their words are deceptive, meant to conceal their agenda; "gay marriage" is a diversion in a con game, to hide their desire to incorporate their religious beliefs in our Constitution and create unequal classes of citizens. That is my motivation for initiating this series; to promote aggressive reaction to their campaign and to the spineless response of "friendly" politicians such as our Bayh, Evan.

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??spineless response of "friendly" politicians such as our Bayh Evan (sic).?

Honestly, Ed, I really don?t see how the LGBT community is justified in complaining or demanding that politicians/others ?come out, grow balls, etc,? on our behalf while we are still debating the issue of ?coming out? amongst ourselves.

?? and we must take advantage of this opportunity to change the discourse.?

I agree, perhaps a first step towards changing the discourse favorably would be to stop asking narrowed questions. Asking questions such as -- How will you vote on the FMA? -- once pushed to answer, leaves little room for moderate/non-attacking or undecided politicians to maneuver/evolve in our favor. If so, when given the opportunity to ask a face-to-face question, maybe we should be getting them on record about fundamental principles held, such as, -- What Constitutional support do you find for or against the right to equal participation in gov?t-sanctioned institutions (e.g., marriage) for all U.S. citizens?