Two New Fronts In The War On Homosexuals
Windspike at the Educational Whisper has some excellent coverage of Bu$hCo's clandestine attempt to "re-exclude" gays and lesbians from jobs that require a government security clearance.
This is an issue that has some personal relevance for me since, years ago when I carried a clearance, I remember that being gay was a basis for disqualification. I cheered the change in policy in the '90s and am saddened to see us go backwards on this issue.
It's also come to our attention that, after Catholic Charities of Boston retreated on their policy of placing a small number of adopted children with gay couples, numerous states including Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, and New Hampshire are considering joining Florida, Mississippi, and Utah in banning gay adoptions.
Now this is an evil bit of legislating that states should really avoid. Consider that the basis for such a ban is an "inappropriate environment for child-rearing", but that the only practical way to enforce it is to also ban adoptions by single parent's or domestic partners. Why? Well gays can't marry anywhere but in Massachusetts and Hawaii as it is. So the only way for them to adopt in most states is a single parent or domestic partner adoption and in neither case is the question "...are you a homosexual?" relevant. If we intend to suddenly make that question relevant, then we must also be prepared to classify homosexuals as strangers to US law. Moreover, once such a ban is in place, it's a short, pernicious intellectual hop to a ban on homosexuals raising children period, even children conceived by gay or lesbian couples.
Though I wouldn't claim that these injustices are as tragic as slavery in the US, I would point out that denying a class of people equal protection under the law, or worse explicitly legislating away their rights, is exactly the kind of unjust tactics that kept blacks subjugated in South for a century after the Emancipation Proclamation.
I've no doubt that common sense will eventually prevail and we will allow gays their rights, just as common sense eventually prevailed with blacks and women. It's just a matter of how much time it will take, and how much pain we will cause them in the meantime.
Unfortunately, enlightenment comes slowly in America.
I keep hoping for signs of a backlash against all the gay-bashing... The fundamentalists will hang on like bloody ticks, and they will introduce bill after bill to try and suppress people because of their sexuality, their skin color, their gender, their socioeconomic level... and they will use religion and "moral values" to justify it each and every time. We have to keep fighting these jerks. We can't let them win.
Interestingly...Abi, Snave...despite the gloom, I agree as well, but not for the same reason. Numerous polls show that among GenY and (whatever generation follows them) there is practically no support, zip, zero, for an anti-homosexual agenda. In fact, the young don't even understand why it's an issue.
So in 2 to 3 decades this will largely be a non-issue, the only question is: At that time, how tied up will we be by stupid, discriminatory laws?
Take for example the single mom (not by choice) I know with three kids now, who's heterosexual partner lived with her for a number of years and gave her the gift of sperm that worked three times, cheated on her, fell victim to drug abuse and is hooked now on several varieties of drugs and left the home for god knows what. Are these three children better off than the two girls I know being raised just down the street by two wonderful, loving lesbian women? Nope. Not in the least bit. In fact, the two girls are some of the best adjusted and well behaved children I have met - some might even mistake them for "good, christian" children - which they indeed are good, but most certainly not Christian - with a capital C.
Arg, the whole situation is completely frustrating. Again, I leave you with one of my lingering questions for those who bash gays and won't acknowledge their right to ritghts, just like us. What is it about heterosexual marriage is in need of protecting?
Until then, however, we need to be on our guard and fight against pernicious legislation like this at every turn. No point in creating bad laws now that will just have to be undone when people finally come to their senses.
I am hopeful too and agree that perhaps a day will come when things are different.
Windspike seems to offer up a sensitive view on things.
I find the commenters here at your blog Kvatch to be among the best in my travels, I am so often touched by the responses here, amazed by the intelligence. Frog mojo, maybe.
Have a good weekend Kvatch, as I will be away. I need a break from gloom and doom anyway!
What a stupid way to advance civil rights, but they say the Lord works in mysterious ways.
Good lord. My sister, a lesbian, wonders why she still is in the dark about what the "gay agenda" is. Can someone enlighten us?
Windspike, your too generous. After the BARBARian event last night, I as so hung over that the first draft of this post was almost unreadable. Glad the second attempt met with more success.
Generik, you raise an excellent point, but it's a bit difficult considering that most of objectionalbe stuff will get passed at the state level, and in places that aren't exactly close.
Helen: There's a "gay agenda"? Well, if it's something more than settle down, buy a nice house fix it up and then raise a mess-o-kids in it, then I'm clueless. Raiding Pottery Barn down to the last leather napkin ring seems to the "gay agenda" around here.
geez, i can't imagine how it is to be a black gay man.
funny thing is..they protect the pedofile priests..go figure.
HW, my guess is that the only place the "gay agenda" exists is in the minds of conservatives. It's just more of their fear bubbling to the surface. Sad, sad.
Sorry to have missed the BARBARians event. Sounds like I have some serious catching up to do.
Oh, Gay Agenda? I'm not sure there need be one Helen other than liberty, freedom and justice for all...oh, and a little bit of pursuit of happiness tossed in for fun...and, why not some government, of the people, for the people and by the people too while I'm at it. Well, shit, how about just the whole Constitution applied evenly and equally, to spice it up a little.