In a post today at Harvard Political Review, Charlottean and Harvard student Ivel Posada picks out what has got to be the best line from this week’s Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on California’s Proposition 8.
Posada writes (emphasis mine):
Proponents listed several “ legitimate interests” advanced by Prop 8; the Court struck down every purported interest as irrational. At one point, backers of Prop 8 argued that the purpose of marriage is to reduce the “threat of unintended pregnancies out of wedlock” and so foster “responsible procreation.” Because same-sex couples are not at risk of accidental pregnancies, the argument continued, there is no need to offer them access to the institution of marriage. Further still, proponents also contended that prohibiting same-sex marriage would strengthen “traditional” families. The Court’s response to this claim bordered mockery:
“It is implausible to think that denying two men or two women the right to call themselves married could somehow bolster the stability of families headed by one man and one woman. While deferential, the rational basis standard is not a toothless one. Even the standard of rationality must find some footing in reality.”
Last night I was watching the Rachel Maddow Show and was overjoyed she quoted from an LGBT news publication, Dallas Voice. I immediately tweeted it through QNotes and RT’ed. (h/t goes to Queerty for the video.
The quote comes in at about 7 min. 10 sec.
Back in October I ranted and raved over the coverage of the anti-gay mailer and commercial sent out against now-U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. The mailer, in part, attacked Hagan for supposedly not supporting the Boy Scouts, because of their ban on gay troop leaders.
In the coverage, media conveniently forgot to mention that Boy Scout policy, likely the most important part of it, actually bans both leaders and youth members who are gay.
It seems the mainstream press aren’t the only ones ignoring gay youth: Gay media is doing it too.
In a recent article, 365Gay.com Newscenter staff explored a federal court’s request for an opinion from the California Supreme Court over a case involving San Diego Boy Scouts and their leases of public space.
Even gay journalists conveniently not mentioned that gay youth are also targets under the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policies:
The Boy Scouts has been the target of preferential treatment lawsuits since the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2000 ruled that the organization has a constitutional right to exclude openly gay men from serving as troop leaders and because it compels members to swear an oath of duty to God.
Gay youth who are members of the Boy Scouts will never be protected if the public isn’t aware that they’re also targets under the anti-gay leadership of the largest youth organization in this nation. It’s a shame our own gay media isn’t even willing to report the situation accurately.
Speaking with former Boy Scouts and others for years since my dismissal, I’ve found far more youth dismissed from the Scouting program than adult leaders.
How shameful is it that a youth service organization discriminates against its own youth members? It’s even more shameful that media — and gay media, in particular — can’t (or won’t) report the truth.
Allow me to elaborate. You know how towns like Greensboro, North Carolina will have weird shit on their McDonalds menus that the rest of the nation doesn’t? Like the McOstrich Deluxe or the Samurai Grimace Wasabi Shake or whatever? That’s because Greensboro is a test market, a.k.a. a geographic area specifically chosen to assess the feasibility of a product or service before a potential wide-scale roll-out.
Armed with this information, you’re likely thinking, “Come on. Same-sex marriage is a far greater issue than a new kind of burger/dairy beverage combo, as groundbreakingly delicious as that burger/dairy beverage combo might be.” And you’d be right. Which is why, when it comes to this watershed issue of our time, one riddled with potentially divisive implications, America has a much larger, more comprehensive test market at its disposal.
It’s called Canada.
The Huffington Post’s Seteven Shehori says that despite Canada’s marriage for all, it’s still “business as usual” — “In fact, things are pretty much exactly the same as before the law was passed. Hockey has remained the greatest sport created by man. It’s still soul-crushingly cold up here between October and April (read: May). And we continue to hold the patent to that pretty cool robot arm thing on the Space Shuttle. The only difference now is that, on occasion, we’ll come across a dude who’ll say, ‘Hey, meet my husband Miguel,’ instead of ‘Hey, meet my partner Miguel.'”