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Not enough liberty to go around

July 16, 2014 - Evan Reid
The Associated Press reported today that 15 Wisconsin state senators sent a letter to Gov. Scott Walker and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen urging them to drop defense of the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The letter argues that the defense is a waste of money, which I think is an interesting point that doesn’t come up often enough in the heated discussion surrounding same-sex marriage.

A spokesperson for Van Hollen told the Associated Press that the attorney general is just “doing his job.”

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is also “doing his job,” spending (probably a good chunk of) money to ensure that a fundamental right is denied to a portion of the state’s citizens.

Not to mention that legal same-sex marriage seems inevitable at this point. So why put so much time and effort into resisting it?

Because there are a lot of Real Americans who think that our country’s promise of individual liberty applies only to them, and Schuette and Van Hollen would probably like their votes.

I always think it’s funny when people who call for the limitation of civil rights whine that our Constitution is being dismantled or destroyed, and position themselves as its valiant defenders.

Some firmly and proudly believe that they are “more equal” than others... Which is definitely more “Animal Farm” than it is American.

Some can’t see the irony through the fog of anger, fear, and hatred.

What should we say to gay veterans and law enforcement officials? "Thank you for your service, but you don't deserve full civil rights because you make some people uncomfortable."

To those who carry virulent opinions about gay people: you are free to express your thoughts, just don’t get upset if someone calls you out for it.

Why? Because an “opinion” on the worth of another person’s life is actually more of a judgement.


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