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09/16/2009

Oh noes, it's the gays? OH 'nos' outnumbered by 'ayes'

by Jeremy Hooper

Oh Flag L-2Good news out of the Buckeye State:

After years of collecting dust in various legislative committees, a bill that prohibits employment or housing discrimination based on sexual orientation passed a divided Ohio House [on Tuesday].
Gay-rights bill passes Ohio House [Columbus Dispatch]

Unfortunately, the bill is expected to face a much tougher road in the GOP-controlled Senate, where some are chomping at the proverbial bit to kill what they call "special rights" protections. Because you know: What heterosexual doesn't casually retain a job and/or apartment and think to themselves, "Gee, this benign acceptance of my core being is so damn special"? We've never heard any of them say it, but they must -- right?

Or is it just that the journey from "everyday civil rights" to "SPECIAL PROTECTIONS™" requires a long-persecuted minority, an opportunistic political movement, and a shrewd usage of code-wording (to mask true intent) in order to foster its fallacious viability? [::ding, ding, ding, ding, ding::]

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