Posted: 03/23/06 13:15
by Dave Mindeman
Michelle Bachman was on MPR this morning asking for "free and open debate" about the marriage amendment. "Let the citizens decide" is her mantra.
You know those are great platitudes but when it comes to the "marriage amendment" there is nothing free or open about it. The proponents of this blatantly discriminatory amendment want to desperately get this on a ballot. Why? Because they can BUY its passage.
There won't be any open debate or exchange of real ideas. No, there will be a billion 30 second sound bites to lie about the rights of gay members of society.
Lies... a constant drumbeat of, bought and paid for, lies.
When Michelle Bachman states that allowing gays to marry would undermine the institution of marriage.. she simply lies. I have never heard any explanation of how that would occur. How are heterosexual marriages undermined? How? Homosexual relationships exist.. they will continue to exist. Why would recognition of existing relationships by marriage contracts or civil unions have anything whatsoever to do with other existing relationships? This argument boggles my mind.
When Michelle Bachman states that unless we have this amendment chained to our Constitution, we risk condoning polygamy and other "unusual" relationships. Another lie. If such a danger exists, then why hasn't it come up before? There is nothing stopping a polygamist from challenging his or her marriage status. The laws that exist have prevented that and are sound and tested. It simply is not an issue.
Here is the crux of the matter. If Minnesota puts the "marriage amendment" on the ballot there will be a flood gate of Republican money flowing into this state to make sure the issue is front and center everywhere. The lies will be backed with "filthy lucre". Republicans who don't even care about the issue will back it monetarily because they know it will bring out the voters they want.. the one-issue, narrow minded, religiously blinded voter. People who want government out of their own lives but still want to control everybody else's.
Real open debate will be drowned out. Money will rule the day. Their is nothing free about this type of "free speech". Rational arguments will be trumped by 30 second fear mongering. The Democrats are right to stop this insanity.
We've had enough lies. The "marriage amendment" will only pro-create more.