Steve's Soapbox

Friday, November 04, 2005

No on Proposition 2 and the KKK !

Be sure to vote 'No' on Proposition 2
November 4, 2005

Our phones are ringing: A state constitutional amendment must be passed to protect marriage between a man and a woman. That protection in Texas is already established-it's Texas law. This amendment is a mean-spirited attempt to further isolate and demean our homosexual family members, friends and neighbors. There is no threat to the time-honored marriage between a man and a woman except the unwillingness of partners to be faithful to their vows and abandon their commitment to each other. This amendment allows political and religious opportunists to energize the homophobia of our culture to believe it is the right thing to do to preserve family values. Proposition 2 disallows any rights established by marriage or anything like marriage to homosexual couples and their children. There are thousands of GLBT Texas families. Companies that value their GLBT employees and give them the same benefits for family members will not be allowed to do so. How does this in any way threaten marriage between a man and a woman? It devastates committed couples (denied marriage and civil union rights) and their children. It also lets a majority decide to choose a minority group of its citizens to humiliate, deny their identity, offend their dignity, and victimize their liberty. This state has already made it illegal for same sex couples to marry. Please vote no. Don't put more poison in the wound!

H. Rudy Pace

Retired United Methodist Pastor -Texas Annual Conference

So who's on your side?

Re: "KKK to rally for gay marriage ban," Tuesday news story.
I see that the Ku Klux Klan is holding a big rally in Austin this weekend in support of the amendment banning gay marriage. Perhaps some other groups also supporting it will join them, and they can all stand around and get a good look at each other.
Toni Clem, Paris

Texas Tech University
Amendment outlawing gay marriage is an attack on civil rights, American freedom
By Lane Powell/Guest Columnist
November 07, 2005

Most Texans appear to be very respectful and loyal to the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the U.S. Constitution. But have they really thought about what they are supporting?
Pledge of Allegiance: "... with liberty and justice for all."
U.S. Constitution: " . . . all men (i.e. persons) are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Now apply these concepts to the hastily constructed Proposition 2, which, if passed, will amend the Texas constitution to define legal marriage as only between one man and one woman, and will not consider any other arrangement as a legal union.
Will this proposition affirm or protect the legal rights of all people (including children raised in non-legal families)?
Will this amendment support the inalienable right of everyone - regardless of sexual orientation, race or religion - to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
Or is it protecting only heterosexual privilege to enter into one relationship? What if you divorce and want to enter into a second or third marriage?
The main argument for passing this amendment is that it will protect marriage from "those people" and will affirm "our God-given rights."
Persons who argue in favor of the amendment contend that allowing two consenting persons of the same sex to legally marry will weaken the institution of marriage.
Doesn't the high divorce rate weaken the institution of marriage? What about the increasing numbers of people who choose to cohabit instead of marry?
It also is curious that one of the frequent arguments against homosexual rights is that gay people are promiscuous and don't know how to commit to a relationship.
Yet when gay or lesbian couples want to have their commitments legally recognized and their relationships affirmed, they are excluded from doing so.
It is the same argument used by segregationists in the '40s and '50s to exclude blacks from business establishments (like laundromats and restaurants) and community events (like fairs or even the zoo).
Segregationists argued blacks were dirty, uneducated and ill-bred and integration would "mongrelize" our society.
So the so-called Jim Crow laws excluded blacks from the very places where they might be able to better themselves and become more acceptable by society.
The Jim Crow laws were eventually struck down as unconstitutional, and our society has benefited from the contributions of many black people. So are all people created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights, or it is only some people?
Your vote this week will decide about Texas.
— Powell is a faculty associate in the human development and family studies department. E-mail Lane at