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A modest proposal

Here’s my letter to the editor on the anti-gay bills before the Wyoming Legislature:

Editor:

Considering the success of HB 74, the “Validity of Marriage” bill, I’d like to propose an amendment to the bill. I believe HB 74 didn’t go far enough with its dictation of valid marriage.

We must ban marriage between social conservatives and not recognize such unnatural unions immediately for the good of Wyoming. These people run around all over the place, trying to tell “We the People” what’s moral, and shouting about “their right” to “define the kind of relationship they’re in.” They’re shoving their definition of morality down our throats and peeking into the keyholes of your bedroom. They parade shamelessly in front of children, preach to them, and flaunt their chosen lifestyle. Science has no proof that “you’re just born a social conservative.” It’s a lifestyle choice. If we allow them to marry, your children may be indoctrinated into thinking this perversion is normal!

I have a young nephew and I don’t want him sermonized by a teacher practicing a deviant lifestyle. I want the chance to teach him that marriage is between two compassionate, loving people. I don’t want him believing marriage consists of a man and woman who acrimoniously force others to conform to their discriminatory beliefs and practices. I can’t imagine the suffering of these poor souls waking up in the morning and asking: “How can I split up perfectly happy families today?” To protect the sanctity of marriage as a loving, beneficial family institution, we mustn’t allow these people to compulsorily divorce happy couples for the sake of their own comfort.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate social conservatives and I find that charge offensive. I even have friends I dearly love who chose this path. When they’re guests at my home, I treat them like everyone else, and even let them use my bathroom. It’s not a matter of bigotry. It’s just a matter of the social harm to society perpetuated by their marriages.

Or, instead of embracing the slippery slope of HB 74, we could consider Sen. Alan Simpson’s thoughts on HB 74 and SJR 5: “I can’t imagine anything more inhuman, insensitive and unfair. Wyoming people believe in getting the government out of their lives. We cherish the precious right of privacy, and the precious right to be left alone. Why can’t we extend that to all our other fellow human beings?”

MEG LANKER, Laramie

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Gay marriage amendment passes initial Senate vote

This bill bars recognition of civil unions as well. One of the states with the highest divorce rate in the nation, the most intolerant state in the union, wants to put people’s rights on the ballot.

I wrote a rather goddamn angry letter to the editor yesterday. It’ll run tomorrow, I’ll post the link then. Until we live up to our fucking motto of “The Equality State”, I’ll just be walking around like this:

Update: mowgli3 fucking gets it and is all like:

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EMERGENCY NOTICE! Calling all supporters of marriage equality…

Wyoming State House Bill 74, the “Validity of Marriages” bill, WILL BE HEARD TOMORROW (on MLK/Equality Day, natch) at the State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Rm. 302, upon adjournment (3-4 p.m.). This bill will INVALIDATE the marriages of same-sex couples in Wyoming. Currently, Wyoming does not allow same-sex marriage, so this bill will affect couples married outside Wyoming, who chose to make the Equality State their home. Read the text of the bill here.

If you live in Wyoming and can get to Cheyenne, go give testimony before the Education committee and remind them that we are “The Equality State”. 

If you can’t make it, or live outside Wyoming, email the Wyoming State House representatives on this list:

Matt Teeters (R) [mteeters@wyoming.com]
Bob Brechtel (R) [bbrechtel@wyoming.com] 
Donald Burkhart, Jr (R) [dburkhart@wyoming.com]
Cathy Connolly (D) [cconnolly@wyoming.com]
John Freeman (D) [freeman@wyoming.com]
Kendell Kroeker (R) [kkroeker@wyoming.com]
Samuel Krone (R) [skrone@wyoming.com]
Bunky Loucks (R) [bloucks@wyoming.com]
Michael Madden (R) [madden@wyoming.com]

Update - I know it doesn’t seem like we can do this, but here’s the explanation:

Both Anderson and House Speaker Ed Buchanan, R-Torrington, have said they believe the Legislature needs to address the issue of whether Wyoming will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

One provision of Wyoming law already specifies that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, but state law also says Wyoming will recognize marriages that are valid in other states. A handful of other states allow same-sex marriages.

Anderson and Buchanan say that a same-sex divorce case pending in the Wyoming Supreme Court shows the need for more clarity in state law.

Here’s the info on the case:

Both legislative supporters and opponents of gay marriage are taking inspiration from a district court judge’s ruling that same-sex couples can’t get divorced in Wyoming.

Last November, Judicial District Court Judge Keith Kautz refused to grant a divorce to a Lusk couple, Paula and Victoria Lee Christiansen, who married in Canada in 2006.

In his ruling, Kautz stated that there’s a conflict in Wyoming law about whether the state recognizes legal same-sex marriages from outside the state. A Wyoming statute defines marriage as a contract “between a male and a female person,” but state law also recognizes any valid marriage performed outside the state.

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TELL Wyoming lawmakers they won't get away with an antigay amendment

Please take a minute and sign. In Wyoming, we already have a law against same-sex marriage. We don’t need to enshrine such discrimination in our state constitution as well. I’m asking everyone to take a stand against this because for once, it has a chance at passing. We have the largest GOP majority in the nation when it comes to state legislatures. So we pro-equality people in Wyoming need a little outside help. 

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Petitions by Change.org|Start a Petition »

Please take a minute and sign. In Wyoming, we already have a law against same-sex marriage. We don’t need to enshrine such discrimination in our state constitution as well. I’m asking everyone to take a stand against this because for once, it has a chance at passing. We have the largest GOP majority in the nation when it comes to state legislatures. So we pro-equality people in Wyoming need a little outside help. 

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Wyoming, nine other states say gay marriage not a fundamental right

Wyoming and nine other states will file a legal brief today saying a federal court “exceeded its judicial authority” when it ruled that the U.S. Constitution requires legal marriage to include same-sex couples.

In the amicus brief, which will be filed late this afternoon in the case of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the states disagree with the court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right.

The brief also asserts that individual states, not the federal court system, have final say in decisions about whether to allow same-sex marriages.

In August, a federal district judge ruled in the case that California’s Proposition 8, a voter-passed ban on same-sex marriage, was illegal on federal constitutional grounds. All previous court cases on gay marriage cited state constitutions.

The case is currently on appeal; both sides have said they expect the case to ultimately reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Besides Wyoming, the other nine states joining the brief are Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

The brief doesn’t mean the states will join the lawsuit; amicus briefs are often submitted in court cases by outside parties to volunteer their opinions on the case.

This from “The Equality State.” I propose a new state motto:

"The Equality State"*

*Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited. Equal status may be revoked by the tyranny of the majority since, hey, that’s our right.

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I am sick and tired of this insinuation that same-sex marriage is somehow criminal in the same breath as talking about child molesters, murders, etc. Guess what? More straight people molest children than gay people, homosexuality isn’t a crime, and under the Constitution, no one is different than you. I usually don’t respond like that above, but this went from marveling at the magic of tumblr to Debbie Downer’s prejudice and suggestion that equality somehow involves letting murders and rapists do what they want. 
Cheers!

I am sick and tired of this insinuation that same-sex marriage is somehow criminal in the same breath as talking about child molesters, murders, etc. Guess what? More straight people molest children than gay people, homosexuality isn’t a crime, and under the Constitution, no one is different than you. I usually don’t respond like that above, but this went from marveling at the magic of tumblr to Debbie Downer’s prejudice and suggestion that equality somehow involves letting murders and rapists do what they want. 

Cheers!

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