Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Freedom on the March in the Land of the Free

Today's a banner day for civil rights in the USA:

First, CNN reports:

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said the Senate will vote the week of June 5 on a constitutional amendment that would ban legal marriage for same-sex couples across the country. "When America's values are under attack, we
need to act," Frist told the Conservative Political Action Conference. Observers say the amendment has little chance of passing, but the vote could rally conservative voters as the mid-term elections approach.

And then in Idaho:

The Idaho House of Representatives approved a marriage definition amendment to the state constitution last week, sending the measure to the Senate, where a committee sent it to the floor on a 5-4 vote. "We are writing history here today. Your vote is how you will go on record in history on my life, on my personhood," Rep. Nicole LeFavour, the state's only openly gay legislator, told her colleagues.

The land of the free my ass. Honestly, when I hear that American national myth that we're the most free country in the world, I increasingly want to just smack people. Name one other western country that could even have a debate about enshrining discrimination into its constitution?

Of course name one other serious western country that happly plods along while being run by the most secretive, corrupt, and incompetent administration in history. If Holland tomorrow lost a major city under water, you can bet that some heads would roll. The Martin government was taken down by a few misspent millions. Yet here? Oh no, business as usual.

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