Oh, but you were married in a church? Well then, to not mix church and state, might I suggest that we quit allowing churches to perform marriages? Or, like our European and South American friends, do one, then do the other, because they really won’t have much to do with each other, with that separation and all.
The fact is, Mr. Edney, that the government already established that “separate but equal” isn’t equal. You’ve been in government and on a school board, you should remember Brown v. Board of Education. They weren’t just talking about education.
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The truth of the matter is that the right longs for those days. Oh, I know, there’s the pretense. We’ve incorporated people of color into more of our lives than just the help, although I’d bet that your gardener is Mexican-American, as is your maid. But I’m sure you pay them … well … enough to meet their needs. They don’t need much living down there, do they? But discriminating against skin tone is passé, so you’ve changed tack. Now, the “other” is based on sexual identity, and the right needs to limit their rights — and their voices, their enfranchisement into our society. So you scream church as loud as you can, only it sounds like marriage. It sounds like bigotry. It sounds like hatred.
You said that “the fact is that we are unlikely to get a majority of people to agree on this issue.” Ahem, Mr. Edney, it’s about “rights” … unalienable rights. Un…alien…able…. Cannot be taken away. And just like the majority would still probably vote to keep Mexicans (or blacks or Asians or fill in the blank with the group you disagree with here) from voting if they could, they can’t.
Rights are not up for a vote in this country.
We will only “keep spend(ing) all that money and energy on” this if the right keeps denying rights to their fellow Americans. So go ahead and tell your side to quit “robo-calling for dollars, protesting in the streets, screaming to (your) members about unfairness and discrimination, immorality or irreligion.” Tell your politicians to quit pandering to the right’s bigotry, intolerance, and fear.
Mr. Edney, if you are so fond of domestic partnerships, lead on. “Put the issue to bed.” Put your money where your mouth is. And then advocate a contractual partnership for your children. It’s equal after all. Isn’t it?
Catherine Drew is an El Centro resident.