July 15th, 2004

toothybear

those marriage-wrecking gays

I was pleased that Congress fell apart trying to start consideration of the Gay Marriage amendment. I'm glad it's called 'the Gay Marriage Amendment' in the press, rather than whatever sanctimonious doublespeak name it goes by in Congress.

I'm not sure how I feel about these guys outing people in Congress and their staffs. On the one hand gay people who work for people who oppose gay rights are hypocrites. On the other hand, we all have secrets about ourselves that we'd rather not read about on Salon.com or in the Washington Blade. To the extent that there's any such thing as private life, maybe we should worry about guarding it as a common good.

I'd feel better about these tactics if anything was really on the line. The Gay Marriage Amendment is a non-starter, and everyone involved knows it's just election-year wanking to pander to the conservative base. Congress' time could be so much better spent, or maybe if they'd just adjourn and stop making laws we'd all be better off. Don't we have enough laws?

It's a fundamental problem with government I guess, that when there's no political will to solve actual problems, it's expedient to invent problems to solve. If a problem is imaginary, it's quite easy to claim you've solved it!

And in the extremely unlikely event that anyone who measures what motivates voters is reading this: If I know someone running for office is gay, I always vote for them. If someone had the guts to campaign for public office in assless chaps and a black leather vest, I'd go door to door for them. I think that people who have been discriminated against in society will govern better than people who grew up scions of the power elite. At least until they become drunk with power.