Perfection

Diane Savino—my new hero.

She’s the woman speaking above—the New York State senator who spoke with heart, passion and intelligence shortly before a vote to legalize gay marriage in New York State was defeated, 38-to-24.

Things like this make me embarrassed to be an American; to be a human. How much longer are we going to deny such a fundamental, justified civil right? People argue that this isn’t akin to the racial battles of the 1950s and 60s—but it’s exactly the same thing. A minority being degraded and punched.

As for the involvement of the church? In a word: Despicable. Slowly, people are beginning to not allow clergy to hid bigotry behind a cross or Jewish star or … whatever.  This, for example, oozes something special: “Advocates for same-sex marriage have attempted to portray their cause as inevitable,” Richard E. Barnes, the executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, said in the statement. “However, it has become clear that Americans continue to understand marriage the way it has always been understood, and New York is not different in that regard. This is a victory for the basic building block of our society.”

One day, Richie Barnes and the rest of us will look back with shame. Our kids will say, “You weren’t one of those people against gay marriage, were you?”

And the answer will be …

2 thoughts on “Perfection”

  1. perhaps the religious right would allow gay marriage as long as it allows priests to marry boys under the age of 16. im sure priests and cardinals alike (that means you, cardinal egan re: todays nytimes article) would be all aboard on this, since they love to molest and take advantage of little boys and allow others to prosper in their careers from it, which i consider just as evil as the act of molestation itself.

  2. Excellent speech – I watched the other related clips that pop up when the video is over, to try to find someone who could counter this argument in a rational, reasoned way. Unfortunately(?), all the clips were for this bill and the other side wasn’t there.

    What I did find, in the speech by Sen. Adams (I believe), was the declaration that his Bible gets left at the door when he walks into the Senate chamber. This is an essential point: separation of church and state. I assume the majority of those voting against cite religious beliefs as the primary reason why, but they should not enter the equation. Unfortunately, there seems to be little that can be done to prevent them from using that rationale. And surely the notion of hypocrisy related to their religious beliefs could be brought into it, but that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.

    All that said, the speeches by these legislators gives me hope that not all politicians are out there for the right reasons, and not for power, money, fame or whatever other selfish motivations may exist. Based on how government works sometimes, you can lose perspective on that.

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