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Bigots & Bullies Abound

I am embarrassed today to be a New Yorker, where once again our legislators have done nothing. And again, their failure to act adversely affects the lives of citizens.

I am positive the majority of the NY Senators would have voted against voting rights for women and the emancipation of slaves. Think not? Why would it be different to say all women or blacks should have equal rights, when they have decided that all homosexual women and men should not? And how about if we substitute "elected official" for "gay" in the marriage bill? Then the legislators would have said "oh, no, you can't deny 'elected officials' equal protection."

This is not a matter of religion. I wish the ministers, pastors, preachers, priests, bishops and pope would stick to preaching to their faithful instead of threatening to bring the wrath of G-d down on the heads of legislators who allow human rights and freedom of choice to be the CIVIL LAW of the US. And stop using that "protection of the family" crap as your excuse. You aren't out railing against permissive divorce laws anywhere that I can see.

This is a matter of equality. Everyone who is gay in NY and pays taxes paid part of the salary of the legislators, who in turn denied these taxpayers hundreds of rights granted to heterosexuals. I am appalled and ashamed that a majority of our elected officials denied the rights of anyone yesterday (they even voted contrary to the wishes of the majority of NY residents, but even if 99% of NY'ers opposed gay marriage, the majority may not deprive the minority of their civil rights).

I wanted to be more articulate, but I am too mad. I hope someday, very soon, this is a sad footnote in history. But even tomorrow is too late. We should have afforded equal rights to everyone yesterday.

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kissmyrosyred
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
I agree and that's rare for me!
real_lawyer
Dec. 3rd, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comments. I can't for the life of me imagine who in good conscience can logically oppose equal rights for all: if you're not gay, it doesn't affect you one whit. I mean, my marriage is no less solid if two men marry, so why would I care? And even if I cared, it is still not my business what any consenting adults do in private.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 4th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Our grandkids will look back and wonder why no one opposed oppression.
real_lawyer
Dec. 4th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
I am sure many thought or will think the same about slavery and the fact that women were refused the right to vote. Or the Nazis. Opposition voices just need to get a lot louder.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 10th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
I love this and share your feelings. Well said!
Candi
real_lawyer
Nov. 10th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness this vote is just a sad footnote to history now.
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