In what was described on my TV as “breaking news” last night, the NY state Senate has passed a same-sex marriage bill. So why didn’t I call this post something like “NY Grants Gays The Right To Marry?” Here’s why:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
No government can “grant” to humans the rights they were born with. They can only act to defend or deny those rights. As far as I’m concerned, lasts night’s vote merely represents a step back from an active government policy to deny gays equal protection under the law. And lest anyone thinks that this is any more than just a small step back, take a look at this interview conducted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper:
Religious protections? What the hell does that mean? “Gays will be treated equally by everyone except those who ‘believe’ they shouldn’t be?” What kind of law is that?
Okay, I’ll grant that this is in fact a move in the right direction. But just remember what I said at the end of my None Of Us Are Free post: “NO ONE is free if ANYONE is chained!” You might also be interested in what I had to say, on this same subject, way back in November of 2008: Tolerance… Not! Gays and Marriage. Perhaps then you’ll understand why, to me at least, we’ve still got a very long way to go – baby!
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