Wednesday, June 16, 2010

LGBT RIGHTS CAN'T BE PUT UP TO A VOTE OF THE ELECTORATE

The warring sides in the 2008 battle over same-sex marriage in California may have spent a combined $83 million for nothing, according to an academic study released Tuesday.

The study by Patrick Egan of New York University looked at polling on gay marriage and domestic partner elections in 33 states since 1998 and found that no minds were changed despite millions in spending, hard-hitting advertising such as the much-quoted "like it or not" TV spot with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and emotional pleas from both sides.

By election day, voters who opposed same-sex marriage before the campaign still opposed it, and those who backed it continued to back it.


[For the full article, see here.]

Monies that are futilely spent trying to convince the electorate that Gay people are deserving of equal rights must be spent in fighting for those rights in the courts!

It is demeaning and irrational to determine any group's civil rights status by a vote of the majority of the electorate! Would it be rational to vote on whether or not Jews can marry each other? If not, then why is it rational to vote on whether or not Gay people can marry each other? I see no difference between these two examples!

In fact, if the civil rights status of LGBT people can be determined by a majority of the electorate, then all minority group civil rights are up for grabs!

Closing arguments in the Prop. 8 suit in federal court are due to begin today, and all future demands for each and every civil right that accrues to heterosexual citizens must also be fought in the courts.

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2 comments:

DON CHARLES aka "STUFFED ANIMAL" said...

Wouldja believe, Jerry, that some of the commenters at Towleroad.com are arguing that Gay people should still participate in these futile ballot measure campaigns? Either the Gay blogosphere is overrun with "stealth" Right Wingers, or we've got some homosexual folk online who are dumber than dirt. You know what? I'm afraid the answer is "yes" on both counts!

Jerry Maneker said...

Hi Don Charles: Anyone with an ounce of sense and even a modicum of dignity would also have to agree with your comment! Best wishes, Jerry.