If you’re a lesbian or gay person attempting to avoid a lifetime commitment, it’s time to cross Maine off your list of States That Excuse You From Getting Married. And you shouldn’t make any plans for moving to New Hampshire, either. At this rate, soon no state will be safe, aside from the bastions of bigotry in the deep South and Utah. As Cujo says, it’s starting to look a little avalanchy out there.
The Cons, of course, couldn’t be less happy.
Here’s Michael Steele, who’s all for states’ rights so long as they don’t involve giving gay people rights:
After the RNC said he wouldn’t be issuing a statement on Maine’s decision to legalize gay marriage today, RNC Chairman Michael Steele is in fact condemning the decision, a position that puts him at odds with Maine’s moderate Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of whom said today the decision should be left to the states.
The RNC emails over this statement from Steele:
“Our party platform articulates our opposition to gay marriage and civil unions, positions shared by many Americans. I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman and strongly disagree with Maine’s decision to legalize gay marriage.”
Earlier today, Collins said on MSNBC that the decision is best “decided at the state level.” And Snowe’s office put out a statement citing her support for the Defense of Marriage Act, which leaves it to individual states to “make their own determinations on this very personal issue.”
Mmm, smell that hypocrisy! The only two people in the party who actually believe the Cons’ rhetoric about states’ rights are the two who get skewered for being too librul. How long before Limbaugh screams for the heads of Collins and Snowe, do you think?
In the meantime, a Con from Utah thinks he’s got the right to tell D.C. how to conduct its affairs:
Yesterday, the DC Council overwhelmingly approved a bill recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states, by a vote of 12 to 1. It is the latest victory for LGBT rights, coming just days after the state legislatures in New Hampshire and Maine approved gay marriage, after Vermont became the fourth state to make gay marriage legal last month.
Marriage equality in the nation’s capitol, however, is too much for freshman Rep. John Chaffetz (R-UT), who is refusing to let the issue “go softly into the night“:
“Some things are worth fighting for, and this is one of them,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah), the ranking Republican on a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that oversees the District. “It’s not something I can let go softly into the night. … I recognize the Democrats are in the majority, but I represent the majority of Americans on this issue.”
The City Desk noted Chaffetz’s Twitter explanation for why he would use Congress to intervene: “Why am I involved? Congress is set up to oversee the affairs of D.C. I am one of the Members of the relevant committee.”
Dylan Thomas called. He wants bigoted fucktards to stop quoting his poetry.
As far as representing the majority of Americans… eh. That’s debatable:
I don’t think the majority of Americans are such anti-gay fuckwits that they care passionately whether D.C. recognizes same-sex marriages or not. Quite the opposite, I’d say. And there might be a little bit of irritation at seeing the democratic process subverted by irrational homophobes. Just sayin’.
As for the anti-same-sex marriage zealots who were counting on Carrie Prejean to come to traditional marriage’s rescue… well, there’s a slight problem with her purity.
It’s not looking good for the crusaders, is it?