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Friday, September 16, 2005

Ashamed for Texas

While the Massachusetts legislature defeated a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, the Texas legislature has approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, which will be sent to the voters in November. Voter approval is likely. This legislation is the product of Neanderthals like Reps. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, and Robert Talton, R-Pasadena, and Sen. Todd Staples, R-Palestine.[1] They believe “that traditional marriage must be protected.” I think “traditional” marriage faces many worse threats than gay marriage, like the fifty percent failure rate of marriages.

It is absurd to write this variety of discrimination into the State Constitution. The instrumentalities of the State should not be used to restrict the rights of citizens, when the acts that are prohibited do not adversely affect other citizens. Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, equated the amendment to Jim Crow era laws that discriminated against blacks. “At least they had the good sense to never write their bigotry into the state Constitution,” Ellis said. “In some of our sister states, they did write that trash into their constitution, and they’ve had holy H getting it out.”

I recognize that it is important that the State recognize the institution of marriage and I agree that a marriage between a man and a woman is unique, but do these people’s marriages have so little intrinsic value that external influences diminish their worth? How does a union between two people of the same gender affect heterosexual marriage? I will be certain to vote against this amendment.

[1] These are the same anti-progressive politicians who, by proposing legislation that would criminalize cloning of human cells, are trying to ensure that any advances in the field of stem cell research will not be made in Texas.

2 Comments:

  • This post made me raise the issue again about considering your career options. You seem well-suited for employment in the bureaucracy where you can witness the legislative machinations at a very close range. After a couple of years on the inside, if you play your cards right, all of those firms that dissed you (V&E; BB etc.) will be schmoozing you in hopes you will join them. Especially, if they have reason to believe you made lots of friends within the bureaucracy and may easily lobby your friends on behalf of their clients (the revolving door tends to move at a dizzying pace).

    By Blogger Ashley, at 6:06 PM, September 16, 2005  

  • Hey, thanks for the insightful analysis and the advice. I have applied for some state government positions. The opportunities for one with my (lack of) experience are limited, though. The WorkinTexas.com website, which is the only way to apply for employment with the AG's office, is incredibly user unfriendly. Am I good at making excuses, or what?

    By Blogger Matthew, at 4:30 AM, September 17, 2005  

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