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Gerald 'gays are doing violence to marriage' Cardinale: Vote on ring fingers, not teeth

by Jeremy Hooper

Cardinale-1At yesterday's anti-equality Senate session, New Jersey's Gerald "gays are doing violence to marriage" Cardinale (R) was all about putting gay folks' basic rights before a public thumbs up/down. In fact, he insisted:

(*be sure to catch the "violence to marriage" part at the :55 mark)

So this being the case, we thought now would be a good time to remind folks that back in 1987, when New Jersey's referendum procedure was being debated, Cardinale, a dentist by trade, absolutely saw limits to the referendum process. At least when it came to matters that affected his own self interests:

ADA News -- August 3, 1987

Okay, so let's process this for a minute. Every single credible health organization -- EVERY LAST ONE! -- supports homosexuality as being a natural part of human order. An ever-growing number of these same organizations support full marriage equality. That's because these trained professionals have studied the human condition, and they understand that biology is far more complex than the social conservatives make it out to be.

So back when New Jersey was debating the possibility of initiative and referendum process, Sen. Cardinale stepped in and tried to limit its usage so that "the people" -- being, as we are, made up of a diverse population of laypeople -- could not unfairly affect crucial matters of import pertaining to human health. He saw a need, based on his own professional background as a dentist, to mold the I&R process in this fashion. He rightly realized that majority "yays" do not necessarily equal accuracy, and he sought to place a premium on informed, educatedm professional knowledge so that it could not be rolled back by certain kinds of uniformed fervor.

But now, when the question is 100% about human well-being, the senator is ALL ABOUT putting the matter to the voters:

(This clip from the 12/7 committee hearing)

Sorry, Senator, but our gay lives (which Cardinale also discredited at the 12/7 hearing as both a "lifestyle" and a "path" on which kids could be led down) deserve to be just as immune from public rebuke as any potential bill seeking to limit teeth whitening, root canals, or any other dental practice! When it comes to LGBT lives and loves, the credible medical jury pool is not out! SO STOP SUGGESTING THAT A JURY OF OUR PEERS SHOULD BE THE BODY TO DECIDE OUR CIVIL RIGHTS!

Besides, Senator: Don't you have tons of patients to tend to, now that we "violent" gays who have married across the nation have so thoroughly kicked hetero marriages in the teeth?

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