UPDATED: Marriage Mailbag

  • Frans Groenendijk, on his blog, disses my political views on marriage equality and slags me off as a “gay-marriage fundamentalist.” Of course, this is a guy who believes progressives — even non-Democrats — should bend over and do Democrats’ bidding, whatever the cost.

    No, Mr. Groenendijk, I am an equality-under-law/church-from-state-separation/peace fundamentalist. And no, the vile Democratic Party is not calling shots for me. How could it be when that organization disagrees with me on all three of those, um, fundamental issues? Sorry, not a sheep. And there are some things more important than getting Bush out of office, as wonderful as that would be. Character counts.

  • This came in from frequent AF&O correspondent Michael Hamar. The Virginia lawyer and second-class citizen has been betrayed by his state’s lawmakers:

    I was saddened to see that bigotry and intolerance are the standard Virginia is to be known for, apparently. Nothing like telling progressive companies and their employees that Virginia is closed to them unless they are willing to have Jerry Fallwell and Pat Robertson define what is permissible. Little wonder that Hampton Roads had an almost 10% decline in young college educated professionals as recently reported in the Virginian Pilot. I am so very sorry I ever supported or had my name affiliated with the GOP in any manner. It will certainly be interesting working the polls in Alanton in November on behalf of candidates running against the GOP.

    I’ll say it again: Virginia is for haters.

  • In Ohio, the state Senate has paved the way for passage of a gay-marriage ban. The Associated Press reports that the vote was a close one: “A divided Senate voted 18-15 in favor of the bill that puts into law that same-sex marriages would be –€˜–€˜against the strong public policy of the state.”

    Four Republicans broke ranks and joined Democrats in opposing the bill, which also prohibits state employees from getting marital benefits spelled out in state law for their unmarried partners, whether homosexual or heterosexual.” Now the bill, already passed by the state House, goes on to Gov. Bill Taft, who is expected to sign it into law.

    Guess we won’t be visiting Ohio any time soon.

  • I used to live in Indiana and visit there frequently. Whether I return depends on a court fight and a legislative battle under way. The Egler family — unionized-in-Vermont Charlotte and Dawn, along withtheir son Drew — is suing to have Charlotte and Dawn’s legal union recognized in their home state. The matter is now before a court of appeals.

    Meanwhile, this just in: A Republican proposal to amend the Indiana constitution to define marriage under law as a union between one man and one woman appears dead. As Gayapolis News reports:

    A Senate committee approved the amendment this morning by a vote of 10-1, but House Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee Chairman Scott Pelath told the Indianapolis Star this morning, “With the multitude of issues we have to deal with that deal directly with people’s lives, this just isn’t a priority at this moment.”

    Without movement out of Pelath’s committee, the measure cannot move forward in the legislative process. Under Indiana law, an amendment must pass two consecutive legislative sessions as well as a general election.

    One bullet seems to have been dodged, but there are many miles more to travel on the road to equality — in Indiana, in the US, and in the world.

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