Gay Rights

These quotes were taken from The Nation, July 21/28, 2003, pp. 5-6.

"The Supreme Court's sweeping June 26 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas... the Court issued a striking affirmation of gay people's citizenship, a wholesale rejection of Bowers, a confirmation of privacy rights... an elaboration of sexual rights under the Constitution that could protect sexual dissidents of all stripes.

" activists are salivating over the prospect of using Lawrence to overturn "don't ask, don't tell," endorse gay parental rights and sanction gay marriage.

" forcefully rejected morality as a basis for state regulation of sexuality. Citing Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA v. Casey, Kennedy argue... the law's obligation is to "define the liberty of all, not to mandate its own moral code."

"...provoked Justice Antonin Scalia's hysterical dissent."

"... 77 percent of the gay vote went for the Democrats. They did not deserve it. Their public silence on the anti-gay-rights initiatives in eleven states was shameful. If eleven states were attempting to pass intiatives limiting the civil rights of Jews or African Americans or Hispanics, there would have been an outcry" (Kate Clinton. "Girly Mandate." Progressive, January, 2005: 40)

Gay Marriage

"The radical right uses gay marriage... Gay for the right connotes a wild, deviant, sexually irresponsible lifestyle. That's why the right prefers gay marriage to same-sex marriage...

"Progressives need to reclaim the moral high ground... there is a simple response for someone who says, "I don't think gays should be able to marry. Do you?" The response is: "I believe in equal rights, period. I don't think the state should be in the business of telling people who they can or can't marry. Marriage is about love and commitment, and denying lovers the right to marry is a violation of human dignity"" (George Lakoff. Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: 50)...

"We're doing the will of God, they thunder, pointing to the holy word in Leviticus 18:22, which declares homosexuality an "abomination." We are not moral relativists, they cry, but Biblical literalists.

"Wait though--the wrath of Leviticus is deep and wide. Chapter 11, verse 10 tells us that eating shellfish is also an abomination. And in 11:6-8, so is touching anything made of pigskin--someone call the NFL! Leviticus 19 says that planting two different crops in the same field is forbidden by God...

"Extremists who insist that every word of the Bible must be accepted literally can't pick and choose which scriptures must be obeyed. I suspect they spend more time thumping the Bible than reading it... much less understanding it" (Jim Hightower and Philip Frazer, eds. "The great corporate jobs-for-subsidies con-job." Hightower Lowdown, July 2005).

"An Ohio laawmaker is proposing a ban against adoptions by Republicans, report the Akron Beacon Journal. State Senator Robert Hagan says the legislation is in response to a Republican bill that would prohibit gay adoption. Hagan's mock proposal states that "credible research" demonstrates that adopted children in GOP homes are more at risk for developing "emotional problems, social stigmas, inflated egos, and an alarming lack of tolerance for others"" ("No Comment." The Progressive, May, 2006: 11).

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