Monday, April 06, 2009

The bullshit of bigotry

Last week, the Iowa Supreme Court found that denying same-sex couples the right to civil marriage is a violation of the Iowa constitution. One of the many bigots who screamed about the decision was U.S. Representative (Republican--shocking!--of Iowa) Steve King, who said, "If judges believe the Iowa legislature should grant same sex marriage, they should resign from their positions and run for office, not legislate from the bench." I expect Mr. King, if he has any integrity, to speak out again today.

After all, the Vermont legislature voted overwhelmingly (95-52 in the VT House) to approve gay marriage in Vermont, and ONE man, the Vermont governor, has vetoed it. Given what Mr. King said about the few judges legislating from the bench, and Mr. King's respect for the legislative process, I'm sure he'll be coming out with a statement condemning Vermont Governor Jim Douglas for his veto of the gay marriage bill the legislature passed. Just because the governor's personal beliefs about what's right tell him to veto this, does he have any right to override the will of the legislature? Of course not! So go get him, Mr. King! (But I hope you're all okay with my not holding my breath waiting for him.)

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