Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Vote No on Amendment 1

I received my Williamson County voter registration card in the mail while I was in Philadelphia (more on that in a later post). In the upcoming mid-term election, I will have the opportunity to cast a no vote on a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. I've ranted and raved about this issue on Renderings before, but, unfortunately, the issue keeps rearing its ugly head. I simply can't understand how legislating this kind of prejudice can have such overwhelming popular support. Why do heterosexual couples get special privileges under the law of a country that proclaims "libery and justice for all?"

My good friend, Wes Goldsberry, reminded of the ridiculous argument that homosexual marriage is like someone creating counterfeit $20 bills in his basement...that somehow, gay marriage "cheapens" heterosexual marriage. Um, OK, in that analogy, the marriage of the "straight" individual is cheapened because there are more $20 bills in circulation, thus driving down the value of the authentic $20 bill. The major flaw being that if the U.S. Mint chose to shell out the same amount of $20 bills as the counterfeiter, the value of the existing $20 bills would go down as well. In this ridiculous analogy, every single marriage in the world "cheapens" the original marriage because there are more. Basically, I have yet to hear a good, rational argument as to why gay marriage should have any effect at all on existing marriages. The marriage between two people is affected by the members of the covenant, not by every other person who is in a similar covenant. Basically, even though I'm sure that this ridiculous amendment will pass by a margin of 70/30, I'm proud to say that I'll be casting a no vote, and I encourage every other Tennessee voter who reads this to do so as well.


Anonymous said...

This is why we're friends. I'm voting "No" as well.
Hope your trip went well.
See you Friday!


Anonymous said...

I would also encourage anyone who might consider voting yes, to substitute the words "marriage between a man and woman", to "marriage between a white man and white woman". Would you still vote yes? If not, then you should really consider changing your vote.

This prop has been put forth as the moral and Christian thing to do. I believe that could not be farther from the truth. When you look back at our nation's history, people have always used their "morality" and "religion" to justify their bigotry. Verses from the Bible were used to justify slavery, not allowing women the right to vote and many other things. So, the argument that this proposition is morally right really doesn't fly. Whose morals are we talking about and will all the ills of the world be magically cured if gays are not allowed to marry? Bigotry is bigotry whether it has to do with sexual orientation or race.

Also it may be worth noting that the sponsor of the original bill that caused this vote was Jeff Miller. Jeff Miller whose wife divorced him for committing adultery. He was caught by his in-laws with his lover at a Martina McBride concert. Don't get me wrong, people are free to do whatever they want, but if you claim to be morally superior, you should at least occasionally try to actually be that way.

Let's at least try for 60% to 40% and show the country that at least some of us in TN get it.


Anonymous said...

Plus, this is already illegal in TN. Why do we need a constitutional amendment?